Definition of first-degree adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌfɜːst dɪˈɡriː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɜːrst dɪˈɡriː//
    [only before noun] Injuries
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  1. 1(especially North American English) first-degree murder, assault, robbery, etc. murder, etc. of the most serious kind
  2. 2first-degree burns burns of the least serious of three kinds, affecting only the surface of the skin compare second-degree, third-degree See related entries: Injuries

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