Definition of first-rate in English:



  • 1Of the best class or quality; excellent.

    ‘first-rate musicians’
    • ‘The image quality on this disc from Warner Brothers is first-rate.’
    • ‘As a senior club, this was their second team, yet their hunger and quality was first-rate.’
    • ‘The texture quality is first-rate, creating highly detailed objects, environments and vehicles.’
    • ‘Visitors to an inn in the Langdale valley are being treated to some first-rate clarinet music by an accomplished European musician this summer.’
    • ‘Construction throughout reflects first-rate craftsmanship and excellent attention to detail.’
    • ‘Twenty first-rate musicians and singers perform on this album, adding colour, texture and contrast to the songs of the little Yorkshire lass.’
    • ‘If you want a bit of class, golf, first-rate diving and hurricane parties, think mid-Atlantic.’
    • ‘The quality is first-rate and orders are processed quickly.’
    • ‘She has great reserves of iron ore, although mostly not of first-rate quality.’
    • ‘It included two first-rate composers and several excellent performers.’
    • ‘Stop by for a drink before dinner and even come back afterwards to enjoy first-rate music and fine company.’
    • ‘The presentation quality of the book is first-rate and technical errors are generally minor.’
    • ‘My fellow students and I had some first-rate teachers and two excellent and highly-respected heads.’
    • ‘The film is a delightful romantic and comedic concoction with a first-rate cast and excellent production values.’
    • ‘But the writing and the direction are excellent, absolutely first-rate, and I cannot resist it.’
    • ‘His mathematical work, though not large in quantity, was first-rate in quality.’
    • ‘Simple, rustic meals, focusing more on quality ingredients, such as first-rate olive oil.’
    • ‘After customer satisfaction, be sure to leave a first-rate impression about the quality of your company.’
    • ‘Institute faculty will, of course, play an important role in providing a first-rate, quality program.’
    • ‘I've seen more first-rate cinema in the past five weeks than I have in the past five years, and now I'm getting into the books as well.’
    top quality, high quality, top grade, first class, second to none, top, five star, premier, premium, fine, grade a
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    1. 1.1 In good health or condition; very well.
      ‘I think you look first-rate’