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A list

noun
1.
a group of desirable or admired people who are welcomed especially in social and professional situations:
Hollywood's A list turned out for the Oscars.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or being in an A list; prominent.
Also, A-list.
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British Dictionary definitions for a-list

A list

noun
1.
  1. the most socially desirable category
  2. (as modifier): an A-list event
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Word Origin and History for a-list

A-list

adj.

in celebrity sense, 1984, from A in the sense of "first, best" (e.g. A-1) + list (n.).

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