[fɜːst] or [fɝst]


(noun.) an honours degree of the highest class.

(noun.) the first element in a countable series; 'the first of the month'.

(noun.) the first or highest in an ordering or series; 'He wanted to be the first'.

(adj.) ranking above all others; 'was first in her class'; 'the foremost figure among marine artists'; 'the top graduate' .

(adj.) preceding all others in time or space or degree; 'the first house on the right'; 'the first day of spring'; 'his first political race'; 'her first baby'; 'the first time'; 'the first meetings of the new party'; 'the first phase of his training' .

(adj.) highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; 'first soprano'; 'the first violin section'; 'played first horn' .

(adj.) indicating the beginning unit in a series .

(adv.) before anything else; 'first we must consider the garter snake'.

(adv.) the initial time; 'when Felix first saw a garter snake'.

(adv.) before another in time, space, or importance; 'I was here first'; 'let's do this job first'.

Checker: Tom--From WordNet


(a.) Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign.

(a.) Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.

(a.) Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.

(adv.) Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles.

(n.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; -- so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preeminence in the combined effect.

Typist: Lycurgus

Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Foremost, leading.[2]. Chief, highest, principal, capital.[3]. Earliest.[4]. Primary.[5]. Primitive, primeval, pristine.

ad. In the first place, at the outset, in the beginning, first and foremost, before any thing else.

Checked by Benita

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Leading, primary, pristine, original, foremost, primitive, principal, primeval,highest, chief, earliest, {[onmost]?}

ANT:Subsequent, secondary, subordinate, subservient, lowest, unimportant, last,hindmost

Editor: Olaf


adj. foremost: preceding all others in place time or degree: most eminent: chief.—adv. before anything else in time space rank &c.—adjs. First′-begot′ten begotten or born first: eldest; First′-born born first.—n. the first in the order of birth: the eldest child.—adj. First′-class of the first class rank or quality.—ns. First′-day Sunday; First′-floor (see Floor); First′-foot (Scot.) the first person to enter a house after the beginning of the new year; First′-fruit First′-fruits the fruits first gathered in a season: the first profits or effects of anything bishoprics benefices &c.—adj. First′-hand obtained without the intervention of a second party.—n. First′ling the first produce or offspring esp. of animals.—adv. First′ly in the first place.—adjs. First′-rate of the first or highest rate or excellence: pre-eminent in quality size or estimation; First′-wa′ter the first or highest quality purest lustre—of diamonds and pearls.

Typed by Freddie


Edited by Christine


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