- 1Of the best class or quality; excellent: first-rate musiciansMore example sentences
top-quality, high-quality, top-grade, top-end, top-tier, first-class, second to none, fine; superlative, excellent, superb, outstanding, exceptional, exemplary, marvelous, magnificent, splendid• informal top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, ace, A1, super, great, terrific, tremendous, bang-up, skookum, fantastic, killer
- The quality is first-rate and orders are processed quickly.
- But the writing and the direction are excellent, absolutely first-rate, and I cannot resist it.
- My fellow students and I had some first-rate teachers and two excellent and highly-respected heads.