- ranking among the world's best; outstanding: a world-class orchestra.
- attracting or comprising world-class players, performers, etc.: a world-class tennis tournament.
- Informal. being a notorious example of its kind: a world-class slob.
Origin of world-class
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for world-class
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He follows his own muse—he's a world-class weirdo—but at the same time, he's never solely concerned with pleasing himself.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
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After cramping up, James likely received immediate access to world-class medical attention.A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare
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Partners in Health made a $25 million investment to build a world-class facility, which operates annually for $16.2 million.The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake
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Armstrong is especially effusive about HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington, whom he calls a “world-class entrepreneur.”Is Tim Armstrong the Lazarus of Aol.?
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That's a test that reflects the world-class standards our children must meet for the new era.
- of or denoting someone with a skill or attribute that puts him or her in the highest class in the worlda world-class swimmer
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