diamond of the first water

n. first class diamond, very good quality diamond; person with good qualities

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • of the first water — ► of the first water 1) (of a diamond or pearl) of the greatest brilliance and transparency. 2) unsurpassed of their kind: she was a bore of the first water. Main Entry: ↑water …   English terms dictionary

  • of the first water —    Something that is of the first water is of the finest or most exceptional quality (like being compared to a diamond).     The violinist gave a performance that was of the first water …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • of the first water — 1》 (of a diamond or pearl) of the greatest brilliance and transparency. 2》 referring to a person or thing unsurpassed of their kind: she was a bore of the first water. → water …   English new terms dictionary

  • of the first water — I see water II (of a diamond or pearl) of the greatest brilliance and transparency ■ (typically of someone or something perceived as undesirable or annoying) extreme or unsurpassed of their kind she was a bore of the first water …   Useful english dictionary

  • First Water — means highest quality and is a term which originates from the gemstone trade. The clarity of diamonds is assessed by their translucence; the more like water, the higher the quality. This comparison of diamonds with water dates back to at least… …   Wikipedia

  • first water — noun the highest quality gems • Hypernyms: ↑superiority, ↑high quality * * * noun 1. : the highest quality or purest luster used of gems (as diamonds and pearls) 2. : the highest grade or excellence …   Useful english dictionary

  • first water — /fɜst ˈwɔtə/ (say ferst wawtuh) noun 1. the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone. 2. the highest rank, quality or degree: a musician of the first water. {from the grading of diamonds where quality is indicated by… …   Australian English dictionary

  • First water — First First (f[ e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f[ o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f[ u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.] 1. Preceding all others… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first water — first′ wa′ter n. 1) jew (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone Compare water 13) 2) the finest quality; highest rank • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • first water — 1. (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone. Cf. water (def. 13). 2. the finest quality; highest rank. [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

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