from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Ranking among the foremost in the world; of an international standard of excellence; of the highest order: a world-class figure skater.
  • adj. Great, as in importance, concern, or notoriety.

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  • adj. of a standard that ranks among the best in the world
  • adj. of the highest order or importance

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  • adj. ranking above all others


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  • He also announced the appointment of the former head of Barack Obama's Open Government Initiative Beth Noveck to help implement the changes, which he called a "world-class appointment".

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  • Mel Watkins, author of Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry, gave a great overview of the comedians at the Apollo, telling one particularly notable anecdote about Bill Cosby appearing for a less-than-impressive-sized crowd long before he was known as a world-class comic.

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  • Redknapp wants what he has called a "world-class striker" as he seeks UEFA Champions League qualification, having missed out on the 2011-2012 competition, and | Top Stories

  • Szczesny himself is full of confidence after pulling off a string of saves in Poland's 2-2 home draw with Germany in the friendly last week and then being termed world-class by Oliver Kahn, one of the most renowned goalkeepers of modern times.

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  • I only ask because LA, the city I live in and love beyond all reason, is, by some considerable measure, the world-class megalopolis most often destroyed, nuked, alien-invaded, bombed-flat, depopulated, dystopianised or demonised in the movies.

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  • Visitors began to return, drawn to world-class sites such as the Roman city of Leptis Magna, and desert adventures in the Sahara.

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  • As a world-class supplier of out-of-this-world entertainment, the folks at Shaw have not fallen into the rut that

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  • "If we had a six- to nine-month delay and end up with a well-integrated, world-class, largest wealth manager in the world, I could care less whether people think that somehow we missed a beat," he said.

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  • September 28, 2011

  • I like your word Katie :) This is a very relative word for Outliers, because when someone spends 10,000 hours doing something they will become world-class! I think that being World-Class is definitely more interesting than being a professional!

    September 28, 2011