Definition of first class in English:

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[in singular]
  • 1A set of people or things grouped together as the best: the first class of the orders of chivalry
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The best accommodation in a train, ship, or aircraft: a seat in first class

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  • 1Of the best quality or in the highest division: [as adjective]: the hotel offers first-class accommodation
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    • One of the driving forces behind Advancing Together, the region's strategic framework, is the need to provide a first-class quality of life for everyone and be intolerant of discrimination.
    • The children of Ballou deserve a chance at the first-class quality of education Whitman students receive.
    • Although the 1st Infantry Division was a first-class unit, it did suffer the occasional bad officer.
    superior, first-rate, high-quality, top-quality, top, top-tier, quality, high-grade, five-star, fine; prime, premier, premium, grade A, best, finest, select, of the first water; exclusive, elite, special; excellent, exceptional, exemplary, superlative, superb; French par excellence
    informal tip-top, A1, top-notch, stellar, plum
  • 1.1Relating to the best accommodation in a train, ship, or aircraft: [as adjective]: a first-class carriage [as adverb]: you can travel first class on any train
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    • It was laid out in the style of a first-class train carriage.
    • We had arrived in the morning by a first-class - only train - Abela - from Cairo.
    • Posing as a QC, he boarded the first-class carriage of an Edinburgh-bound Virgin train and complained his wallet and laptop had been stolen.
  • 1.2Relating to a class of mail given priority: [as adjective]: first-class mail [as adverb]: send it first class
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    • If we see any evidence of first-class mail being treated as second class we will take it very seriously, investigate and take all necessary action.
    • A postal survey carried out by the Evening Advertiser has shown that most first-class mail sent out from Swindon reaches its destination on time.
    • Postal bosses have been set a minimum national target of 92.5 per cent of first-class mail being delivered the next working day.
  • 1.3British Relating to the highest division in the results of a university examination: a first-class honours degree
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    • He spoke four languages and had a first-class degree from the University of London.
    • At the University of Sydney he carried off prizes, graduated with first-class honours in classics, and played cricket with enthusiasm.
    • Morgan returned to Glasgow University in 1946 and graduated with first-class honours in English Language and Literature in 1947.
  • 1.4 [as adjective] (Of cricket) played between sides of recognized stature and with matches of two innings per side.
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    • It has never hosted a first-class cricket match.
    • Fulton's hundred, his fourth in first-class cricket, was continuing evidence of his growing stature as a batsman for the future.
    • Incidentally, that was also my first wicket in first-class cricket.

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