- excellent; superb.
- of the highest rank, rate, or class.
- very well.
Origin of first-rate
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for first-rate
Newsday: “Thoroughly researched, written with intelligence, sympathy and grace, it is a model of first-rate literary biography.”The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)
July 6, 2014
Yellen, many believe, is the perfect choice, a first-rate academic whose sense of timing is exquisite and nuanced.Janet Yellen Won’t Change the Fed
October 9, 2013
You can have a first-rate mind, but if the neurology is skewed, the thinking will also be skewed.Autism and Child Pornography: A Toxic Combination
August 5, 2013
Elementary is first-rate American television in what is being called the “procedural” tradition.‘Elementary’ vs. ‘Sherlock’: Why There’s Room for More Than One Holmes
November 29, 2012
He has had chores, he knows how to cook, how to iron, how to be a first-rate gardening assistant, and much more.10 Books for My Son the Graduate
June 5, 2012
He went all over me, taking up a collection, and did first-rate.
Camped on east side of the sand-hills, with first-rate feed for the horses.Explorations in Australia
There is a first-rate hotel close handy, where I sometimes dine.Life in London
He had lost his parents, and was quite by himself, and a first-rate workman.Rico and Wiseli
Nelson said of him with truth, upon this occasion, that he was a first-rate general.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- of the best or highest rated class or quality
- informal very good; excellent
- not standard very well; excellently
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