[hahy-klas, -klahs]


of a type superior in quality or degree; first-rate: a high-class hotel.

Origin of high-class

First recorded in 1860–65
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Related Words for high-class

deluxe, classy, best, choice, elite, superior, supreme

Examples from the Web for high-class

Contemporary Examples of high-class

Historical Examples of high-class

  • He is off to Paris, where he will get a fine berth in a high-class business.

  • Yet Macaulay Carvel was not to be despised on account of his high-class mediocrity.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Used for high-class upholstery purposes, and for curtains and hangings.


    William H. Dooley

  • Some of the Brazilian tobacco is a high-class product, but not much is exported.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • A handsome volume, in good type, with high-class illustrations.

    The Girls of St. Olave's

    Mabel Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for high-class



of very good quality; superiora high-class grocer
belonging to, associated with, or exhibiting the characteristics of an upper social classa high-class lady; a high-class prostitute
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Word Origin and History for high-class

1864, from high (adj.) + class (n.).

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