Meaning of FIRST in English

■ ordinal number

1》 coming before all others in time or order; earliest; 1st.

↘before doing something else.

2》 foremost in position, rank, or importance.

↘ Brit. a place in the top grade in an examination for a degree.

3》 for the ~ time.

↘ informal something never previously occurring or done.

4》 with a specified part or person in a leading position: the car plunged nose ~ into the river.

5》 Music performing the highest or chief of two or more parts for the same instrument or voice.


at ~ at the beginning.

~ and foremost more than anything else.

~ and last fundamentally.

~ of all before doing anything else.

↘most importantly.

~ off informal as a ~ point; ~ly.

~ past the post winning a race by being the ~ to reach the finishing line.

↘ Brit. denoting an electoral system in which a candidate or party is selected by achievement of a simple majority.

~ thing early in the morning; before anything else.

~ up informal ~ of all.

in the ~ place as the ~ consideration or point.

↘to begin with.

of the ~ order (or magnitude ) excellent or considerable of its kind.


OE fyr(e)st ; of Gmc origin.

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