Meaning of first-degree

first-de•gree

Pronunciation: (fûrst'di-grē'), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to the lowest or first in a series.
  2. of or pertaining to the highest or most serious in a series.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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