Definition of of the first order (or magnitude) in US English:

of the first order (or magnitude)


  • Used to denote something that is excellent or considerable of its kind.

    ‘it is a media event of the first order’
    • ‘His achievement, though easily taken for granted, was the work of an analytical mind of the first order, and he deserves much more honor than he has so far received.’
    • ‘Warming up, he says: ‘The transatlantic relationship remains an asset of the first order.’’
    • ‘It was a disaster of the first order, but Daun was still wary of the ever-aggressive Frederick, with reason.’
    • ‘However, the overall campaign was a disaster of the first order.’
    • ‘Is this wickedness of the first order or rational economic behaviour?’
    • ‘Sarris calls the film ‘a masterpiece of the first order.’’
    • ‘We have been waiting for this recording for years and now that it is here, one can safely say that it is indeed a masterpiece of the first order.’
    • ‘Then there's Bernov's trademark balalaika-bass, a four-stringed oddity of the first order, pictured above for your amusement.’
    • ‘But to say that it's all going to come out fine, that always struck me as being wishful thinking of the first order.’
    • ‘While I am a technology fanatic of the first order, I see the future of high-wage nations largely as services-driven.’
    of the utmost importance, of the greatest significance, very important, of importance, of significance, of note, of great moment, of great consequence
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