First-rate First"-rate` (f[~e]rst"r[=a]t`), a. Of the highest excellence; pre["e]minent in quality, size, or estimation. [1913 Webster]

Our only first-rate body of contemporary poetry is the German. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

Hermocrates . . . a man of first-rate ability. --Jowett (Thucyd). [1913 Webster]

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  • First-rate — was the designation used by the Royal Navy for its largest ships of the line, those mounting 100 guns or more on three gundecks. [Bennett The Battle of Trafalgar , p. 19] First rate vessels carried over 800 crew and displaced in excess of 2,000… …   Wikipedia

  • first-rate — adj. 1. of the highest quality; as, a first rate reporter. Syn: ace, A one, first class, super, tip top, topnotch, tops(predicate). [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-rate — adjective of the highest quality: The service is first rate. He s doing a first rate job …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • first-rate — first rate; first rate·ly; first rate·ness; …   English syllables

  • first-rate — first class / first rate [adj] superior, excellent capital, choice, dandy, fine, first string*, fivestar*, in class by itself*, prime*, shipshape, sound, supreme, tiptop*, top, top notch*, very good; concept 574 Ant. bad, inferior, lesser, poor,… …   New thesaurus

  • First-rate — n. (Naut.) A war vessel of the highest grade or the most powerful class. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-rate — adj of the very best quality = ↑excellent ▪ He s a first rate surgeon …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • first-rate — first′ rate′ adj. 1) excellent; superb 2) of the highest rank, rate, or class 3) very well • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • first-rate — index best, meritorious, preferential, premium, prime (most valuable), select, superior (excellent) …   Law dictionary

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