or world·class

[ wurld-klas, -klahs ]
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  1. ranking among the world's best; outstanding: a world-class orchestra.

  2. attracting or comprising world-class players, performers, etc.: a world-class tennis tournament.

  1. Informal. being a notorious example of its kind: a world-class slob.

Origin of world-class

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby world-class Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use world-class in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for world-class


  1. of or denoting someone with a skill or attribute that puts him or her in the highest class in the world: a world-class swimmer

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