A list


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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A list


  1. the most socially desirable category
  2. (as modifier)an A-list event
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Word Origin and History for a-list



in celebrity sense, 1984, from A in the sense of "first, best" (e.g. A-1) + list (n.).

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