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[rey-ter] /ˈreɪ tər/
a person who makes rates or ratings.
a person or thing that is of a specific rating (usually used in combination):
The show's star is a first-rater.
Slang. any of various small, popular yachts belonging to standard classes.
Origin of rater
First recorded in 1605-15; rate1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was similar to the 2½-rater 'Molly' in general arrangement and appearance.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Experientia docet that the rater, though she can lay to, (p. 358) cannot be hove to and have her way stopped.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • At all events, she is a fine specimen of the advanced type of rater, and is good in all weathers.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • A very varied programme was provided, including all classes from the 100-tonner to the ½-rater, in all about five different races.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • Mr. Jessop was the owner of the Molly, twenty rater, and Coquette, half rater.

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