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.

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  • 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. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • 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.”

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  • U.S. Postal Service Elvis Presley was immortalized by a first-class stamp on Jan. 8, 1993.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • International first-class and business-class passengers have enjoyed clubs with showers, buffets and other perks.

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  • 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.

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  • The Postal Service said 41.5% of its first-class mail now gets delivered in one day.

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  • 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.

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