General English


  • adjective top-quality or most expensive
  • noun (the type of travel or type of hotel which is most expensive and comfortable


  • adjective denoting cricket played at the highest level, as defined by the ICC; specifically, cricket played in matches of three or more days’ duration between two teams of eleven players that are officially recognised as having first-class status
    Citation ‘Lara rocked back on his elegant heels for the boundary which gave him a remarkable 501 not out, the highest individual score in the records of first-class cricket’ (David Foot, Guardian 7 June 1994)
  • adjective of, concerning, or involved in first-class cricket
    Citation ‘The Maharajah of Porbander … played in the first four matches making 0, 2, 0, 2, 2. He did not play again on the tour and had a first-class average of 0.66. He was said to be the only first-class cricketer in England to have more Rolls-Royces than runs’ (Bose 1990)
    Citation ‘Beckett, who died in Paris on 22 December 1989, aged 83, had two first-class games for Dublin University against Northamptonshire in 1925 and 1926, scoring 35 runs in his four innings’ (Obituary of Samuel Beckett, Wisden 1990)

Information & Library Science

  • adjective of the best level of service, e.g. in mail or travel


  • adjective of the highest or best quality