First"-rate` (?), a.

Of the highest excellence; preeminent in quality, size, or estimation.

Our only first-rate body of contemporary poetry is the German. M. Arnold.

Hermocrates . . . a man of first-rate ability. Jowett (Thucyd).


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First"-rate`, n. Naut.

A war vessel of the highest grade or the most powerful class.


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