first-rate

  • 1 first-rate — ˌfirst ˈrate adjective excellent or of the very best quality: • Our sales force receive first rate training. • Service at the hotel is first rate, and the rates are very reasonable. * * * first rate UK US /ˌfɜːstˈreɪt/ adjective ► of the highest… …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 first-rate — first rate; first rate·ly; first rate·ness; …

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  • 7 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,… …

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 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

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

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  • 12 first-rate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of the best class, quality, or condition; excellent …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 first-rate — [fʉrst′rāt′] adj. [orig. applied to the highest of the rates, or classes, of warships] of the highest class, rank, or quality; very good; excellent adv. Informal very well …

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  • 14 first-rate — also first rate ADJ (approval) If you say that something or someone is first rate, you mean that they are extremely good and of the highest quality. People who used his service knew they were dealing with a first rate professional. Syn: first… …

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  • 15 first-rate — UK / US adjective of the highest quality The service is first rate. He s doing a first rate job …

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  • 16 first-rate — adjective /ˈfɜst reɪt/ (say ferst rayt) 1. of the first rate or class. 2. excellent; very good. –adverb /fɜst ˈreɪt/ (say ferst rayt) 3. Colloquial excellently: *So we all got on first rate, and anybody would have thought that there wasn t a more …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 first-rate — I adjective of the highest quality (Freq. 1) an ace reporter a crack shot a first rate golfer a super party played top notch tennis an athlete in tiptop condition …

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  • 18 first-rate — I. adjective Date: 1671 of the first order of size, importance, or quality • first rateness noun • first rater noun II. adverb Date: 1844 very well < is getting along first rate, now Mark Twain > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 first-rate — adjective they have done a first rate job Syn: top quality, high quality, top grade, first class, second to none, fine; superlative, excellent, superb, outstanding, exceptional, exemplary, marvelous, magnificent, splendid; informal top notch,… …

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  • 20 First-rate — 1er rang 1er rang (first rate) est, entre le milieu du XVIIe siècle et le milieu du XIXe siècle, une dénomination utilisée par la Royal Navy pour classer un navires de guerre à voile ayant comme caractéristique principale un nombre de… …

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