Meaning of FIRST in English


Pronunciation: ' f ə rst

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fyrst; akin to Old High German furist first, Old English faran to go ― more at FARE

Date: before 12th century

: preceding all others in time, order, or importance: as a : EARLIEST b : being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle c : having the highest or most prominent part among a group of similar voices or instruments < first tenor> < first violins>

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