First-rate a. Of the highest excellence; preëminent 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).
First-rate, n. Naut. A war vessel of the highest grade or the most powerful class.
adj : of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot";
"a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played
top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition";
"she is absolutely tops" [syn: ace, A-one, crack,
super, tiptop, topnotch, tops(p)]
adv : quite well; "she doesn't feel first-rate today" [syn: very