from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Constituting or belonging to the first, highest, or best group in a system of classification: a first-class hotel; first-class mail.
- adj. Of the foremost excellence or highest quality; first-rate: a first-class mind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of the best class; of the highest rank; in the first division; of the best quality; first-rate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the highest class with respect to some quality or mark, especially with respect to excellence; first-rate.
- Specifically Best equipped and most expensive: noting the first grade of conveyances for travel: as, he traveled first-class; a first-class coach or carriage.
- Of the first class in any order of numeration, as from the lowest to the highest: as, a first-class clerk (one receiving the lowest salary).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. very good;of the highest quality
- adv. by first class conveyance; with first class accommodations
- n. the most expensive accommodations on a ship or train or plane
- n. mail that includes letters and postcards and packages sealed against inspection
- n. the highest rank in a classification
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However, the University of Ottawa law professor expressed surprise that Gen. Ménard, whom he described as a "first-class field commander," was subject to a court martial.
In non-white South African cricket, on rough pitches usually of matting, D'Oliveira hit 80 centuries before trying for better luck abroad: had he spent the first 15 years of his adulthood in English first-class cricket he could have scored a similar number of first-class hundreds, in addition to the 43 he actually made.
In subsequent speeches, as well as in an advice column he began writing for Ebony in 1957 and in a book he published the following year, King endorsed Christian self-abnegation as a means to attain “first-class citizenship.”
U.S. Postal Service Elvis Presley was immortalized by a first-class stamp on Jan. 8, 1993.
U.S. Postal Service A bright-eyed puppy and kitten graced two new first-class postage stamps on Sept. 20, 2002, to help educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
Bigger airports can provide for international travelers who want lounge access, but can't get into airline-operated clubs without business- or first-class tickets.
International first-class and business-class passengers have enjoyed clubs with showers, buffets and other perks.
Malaysia Airlines decided this year to ban babies from first-class cabins of its Boeing 747 jets and next year in its new Airbus A380 super-jumbos because of passenger complaints of crying children in the expensive seats.
The Postal Service said 41.5% of its first-class mail now gets delivered in one day.
The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed ending one-day delivery of first-class mail as it considered closing more than half of its mail-processing facilities, in the latest retrenchment for the money-losing operation in the face of declining mail volumes.