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A one

[ey wuhn]
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  1. noting a vessel regarded by a shipping-classification society as being equipped to the highest standard and with equipment maintained in first-class condition.
  2. Also A number one. Informal. first-class; excellent; superior: The meals there are A one.
Also A-one, A 1, A-1.

Origin of A one

First recorded in 1830–40
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Word Origin and History for a-1

A-1

in figurative sense of "first-rate," 1837, in Dickens; from Lloyd's of London designation for ships in first-class condition (with the letter referring to the condition of the ship and the number to that of the stores).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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