among the best or most important; foremost; topnotch.

Origin of front-rank

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for front-rank

Historical Examples of front-rank

  • And at none of these things was he an amateur, but as good as most front-rank professionals.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • Four barrels I'll keep for the front-rank foes—and the next for you—and the last for me!

    Voces Populi

    F. Anstey

  • All the front-rank men are armed with lance and sabre—the rear ranks have sabres only.

    Rung Ho!

    Talbot Mundy

  • We front-rank men felt an impulse as if someone were pushing us from behind.

    A Tatter of Scarlet

    S. R. Crockett

  • The dread which some medical men have of cold applications is wonderful, but we know that the front-rank men have no such fear.