from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. surpassing in quality


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • When Moody's on Wednesday repeated a warning that the U.K. could lose its top-grade debt rating if it doesn't get its policies right, sterling fell sharply before investors realized they had heard this before.

    Sterling Could Be Next for a Pounding

  • Shortly afterward, Nixon quipped with his aides that the Chinese leader must be quite stingy to part with such a small amount of leaves, but he understood the value of the gift when someone told him that what he had been given was half of the whole harvest of top-grade Da Hong Pao for that year.

    Selling Tea to China

  • "Nowadays, a growing minority is buying the best teas imported from India and some of our mélanges, and, yes, increasingly, some of the top-grade Chinese tea as well."

    Selling Tea to China

  • The French proposal, which calls for half the proceeds of maturing Greek bonds to be reinvested in 30-year Greek bonds and a further 20% to be used to finance purchases of top-grade zero-coupon bonds to guarantee payment, was seen by some in the meeting as needing further refinement.

    Greek Bond Buybacks Discussed at Meeting

  • Increased auto production, prodded by the subsidies, lifted shipments of top-grade steel, and allowed Japanese steel mills to lift their product prices and make up for a large part of their higher raw-materials costs.

    Nippon Steel Swings to Profit

  • But a certain class of top-grade mortgages will be exempt from this "skin-in-the-game" requirement.

    Fed CAVES On Foreclosure Regulations

  • She never played on a true clay court as a child—she described China's "sand" courts as "totally different" from top-grade clay and so slippery that they made her feel like she was playing ice hockey.

    Li Na, China's Unlikely Champion

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas Brunello Cucinelli, $970, Made in Italy | Tightly woven, this ultrasoft sweater incorporates a king's ransom of top-grade cashmere.

    Stand-Up Men's Cashmere at Every Price

  • A provincial-level subsidiary of China's state-owned tobacco monopoly company is building one of the highest-profile skyscrapers in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, while the Chinese branch of Ajisen Ramen — a popular noodle chain whose logo features a winking girl holding up a steaming-hot bowl — is now a Shanghai landlord, having paid US$19. 6 million for 2,601 square meters of office space in a top-grade downtown skyscraper.

    Property Novices Drive Hong Kong Prices Higher

  • The Cruze is a compact, front-wheel-drive family car of which there are four iterations: base LS, midgrade 1LT and 2LT and top-grade LTZ.

    GM wise to let Cruze lead the way


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.