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noun

the best, finest, or highest class, grade, or rank.
the most expensive and most luxurious class of accommodation on trains, ships, airplanes, etc.
(in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of letters, postal cards, or the like, together with all mailable matter sealed against inspection.
British University. the group receiving the highest distinction in an honors course.

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Origin of first class

First recorded in 1740–50

Definition for first class (2 of 2)

first-class
[ furst-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /

adjective

of the highest or best class or quality: a first-class movie.
best-equipped and most expensive: a first-class railroad car.
given or entitled to preferred treatment, handling, etc.: first-class mail.

adverb

by first-class conveyance: to travel first-class.

Origin of first-class

First recorded in 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for first class

first class

noun

the class or grade of the best or highest value, quality, etc

adjective (first-class when prenominal)

adverb first-class

by first-class mail, means of transportation, etc
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