- a group of desirable or admired people who are welcomed especially in social and professional situations: Hollywood's A list turned out for the Oscars.
- Also A-list. pertaining to or being in an A list; prominent.
Origin of A list
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for a-list
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
But really, the A-list case comes down to the fact of his last name.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
On no other show would you see an A-list actor from a newly released blockbuster like Gone Girl getting fired up over Islam.Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims
October 16, 2014
Now that Lohan is no longer an A-list celebrity, he washed his hands clean of the redheaded bombshell.Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God
July 21, 2014
Indeed, our A-list Asian blogger Phil Yu calls himself Angry Asian Man to address this lack.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy
July 18, 2014
- the most socially desirable category
- (as modifier)an A-list event
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Word Origin and History for a-list
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