The five remaining movies were all first-rate, and The Lives of Others deservedly won the Oscar.
Elementary is first-rate American television in what is being called the “procedural” tradition.
James, 61, is a first-rate contrarian, a man at war with the cult of the expert.
Excellent; of best quality (1697+)
: That'll do first-rate
[fr the rating of warships in the 1600s]