Definition of first class in English:

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first class

Pronunciation: /ˈˌfərs(t) ˈklas/


1A set of people or things grouped together as the best.
1.1The best and most expensive seating or accommodations in a plane, train, or ship: a seat in first class
1.2British The highest division in the results of the examinations for a university degree.
Example sentences
  • 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, high-grade, five-star;
prime, premier, premium, grade A, best, finest, select, exclusive, excellent, superb
informal A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip

adjective& adverb

1Of the best quality: [as adjective]: a full-scale grand opera needs a first-class orchestra
More example sentences
  • Their friendly sales staffs are on hand to give valuable assistance for confidence that you are getting first class quality Volvo car parts.
  • Shopping at markets is one of the real pleasures of living in France for a short time; choice and quality are first class.
  • Waterford, in particular, has a first class reputation for the quality of these products.
1.1Relating to the best seating or accommodations in a train, ship, or plane: [as adjective]: first-class air transportation [as adverb]: you can travel first class on any train
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 [as adjective] British Relating to the highest division in a university examination: a first-class honors degree
More example sentences
  • 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.
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