[ rey-ter ]

  1. a person who makes rates or ratings.

  2. a person or thing that is of a specific rating (usually used in combination): The show's star is a first-rater.

  1. Slang. any of various small, popular yachts belonging to standard classes.

Origin of rater

First recorded in 1605–15; rate1 + -er1

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How to use rater in a sentence

  • Mrs. Schenley determined to make another experiment with Mr. Watson's design in the five-raters.

  • The class to which these belonged (one-raters) was then and has remained the most popular of all classes on the Solent.

  • Half-raters are too small for my taste, and I think a two-and-a-half, as the boats are built now, is the best size for a woman.

  • All we third-raters were steered into the custom house where the baggage was to be examined.

  • And you don't catch me trailing around till my feet drop off, looking at all the thousands of second-raters that give me a pain.

    Rough-Hewn | Dorothy Canfield