first-classˌfirst-ˈclass ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1GOOD/EXCELLENTof very good quality, and much better than other things of the sametype 🔊 This is a first-class wine. 🔊 His writing is first-class.► see thesaurus at good2TCMrelating to the class of post that is the most expensive and quickest to arrivefirst-class stamp/mail/post etc3TTrelating to the best and most expensive class of seats on a plane or train, or rooms in a hotelfirst-class passenger/seat/compartment etc —first class adverb 🔊 If I send the letter first class it should arrive tomorrow. 🔊 travel first class
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first-class• The food at the restaurant is always first-class.• Jaguar has always made first-classcars.• He boarded the train for the overnightjourney and entered a first-classcompartment with his first-classticket.• She's doing a first-classjob of running this company.• Last year the first-class letter serviceachievedrecordimprovements in reliability.• In 1955 we played 34 first-classmatches of which we won 27 and lost seven.• As he stuck a scepticalthumb into a tub of rock-hardCamembert, he knew he was facing a first-classmess.• a first-classpackage• a first-classpassenger• When the flightbegan, I busied myself handing out magazines to first-class passengers.• The nurses gave us a warmfarewell before we left the hospital to board a first-class train to Tokyo.• The pass gives one month of first-classtravel in Britain.first-class stamp/mail/post etc• Calls should cost about the same as a first-class stamp.• For a catalogue, send two first-class stamps.• I have sent thank-youcards to all my lucky stars by first-class post.• It is best to return the form by first-class post.• Always search by first-class post, not second.• Four first-class stamps usually cover the cost of mailing a book-rate package.• On-time is defined as overnight delivery of first-class mail within majorcities.first-class passenger/seat/compartment etc• When the flight began, I busied myself handing out magazines to first-class passengers.• On board were 142 first-class passengers and 100-odd - some of them very odd people travelling in economy.• He found an emptyfirst-class compartment, and she reached it by way of the corridor after the train had pulled out.• But getting suitable ones, to supplement the originalfirst-class seats, has posed problems.• As it was earlyafternoon there were no maddingcrowds, and she secured a first-class compartment to herself.• He boarded the train for the overnight journey and entered a first-class compartment with his first-class ticket.• He always sat at the end of the second coach, in the small, first-class compartment with redplush seats.From Longman Business Dictionaryfirst-classˌfirst-ˈclass (also first class) adjective1if something is first-class, it is of very good quality and much better than other things of the same typeWe provide a first-class, professional service for our customers.2using first-class maila first-class stamp3TRAVELfirst class seats, accommodation etc are the most comfortable and expensive availablefirst-class airline ticketsThe airline claims its 9,000 daily first-class seats are 65% full. —first class adverbIf you send the letter first class, it should arrive tomorrow.Company policy says we cannot fly first class, but we can fly business class on trips over a thousand miles.