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Meaning of A 1

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\A 1\ ([=a] w[u^]n).
A registry mark given by underwriters (as at Lloyd's) to
ships in first-class condition. Inferior grades are indicated
by A 2 and A 3.

Note: A 1 is also applied colloquially to other things to
      imply superiority; prime; first-class; first-rate.

 

 

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