never surpassed or greater: Production will reach an all-time high.
regarded as such in its entire history: an all-time favorite song.

Origin of all-time

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for all-time

best, champion, enduring, everlasting, perpetual

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(prenominal) informal unsurpassed in some respect at a particular timean all-time record at the Olympics
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Word Origin and History for all-time

"during recorded time," 1910, American English, from all + time (n.). Earlier it had been used in a sense "full-time," of employment, or in opposition to one-time (1883).

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