Definition of first-degree in English:
1 Medicine Denoting burns that affect only the surface of the skin and cause reddening.
- The corpsman said that a small third-degree burn might be difficult to recognize if it is located in an area of second- or even first-degree burn skin damage.
- Thin or superficial burns (also called first-degree burns) are red and painful.
- Scarring from first-degree burns and light second-degree burns may disappear within a few months.
2 Law , chiefly North American Denoting the most serious category of a crime, especially murder.
- He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
- Pennsylvania was the first U.S. state to abolish capital punishment for all crimes except first-degree murder.
- I decided to present this case through a Broward County grand jury and they indicted him for first-degree murder as an adult.
- A person’s parent, sibling, or child.Example sentences
- One of the three relatives is a first-degree relative of the other two, such as a parent, child or sibling
- None of her other first-degree relatives had been affected by breast, ovarian or colon cancer, which greatly decreased the chances that she carried a gene mutation predisposing her to breast cancer.
- Although anyone with first-degree relatives who have had breast cancer is at increased risk, most people don't get the inherited kind of breast cancer.
Definition of first-degree in:
- British & World English dictionary