Definition of "first-rate" []

  • Foremost in quality, rank, or importance. (adjective)
  • Informal Very well; excellently. (adverb)
  • Of the best or highest rated class or quality (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Very good; excellent (adjective)
  • Very well; excellently (adverb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "first-rate" in a sentence
  • "Today, older Americans do have independent lives and first-rate medical care."
  • "No country has achieved first-rate health care, or strong transportation infrastructure, or pioneering scientific research without the help of government."
  • "He is a first-rate composer, whether writing for the movie screen or his own quintet or, better yet, some combination of both."