Definitions for firstfɜrst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of


  2. highest or chief among several voices or instruments of the same class:

    first alto; first horn.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. Category: Automotive

    Ref: low (def. 28). 1 1 31

  4. (often cap.) being a member of the household or an intimate acquaintance of the president of the U.S. or of the governor of a state:

    the First Lady; Checkers, the first dog.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (adv.)before all others or anything else in time, order, rank, etc.

  6. before some other thing, event, etc.:

    If you're going, phone first.

  7. for the first time.

  8. in preference to something else; rather; sooner:

    I'd die first.

  9. in the first place; firstly.

  10. (n.)the person or thing that is first in time, order, rank, etc.

  11. the beginning.

  12. the first part; first member of a series.

  13. the voice or instrument that takes the highest or chief part in its class, esp. in an orchestra or chorus.

    Category: Music and Dance, Informal

  14. low gear; first gear.

    Category: Automotive

  15. the winning position or rank in a race or other competition.

  16. Usu., firsts. products of the highest quality or those produced without flaws.

    Category: Business

Idioms for first:

  1. at first sight,at the first glimpse; at once:

    love at first sight.

    Category: Idiom

  2. first off,at the outset; immediately.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of first:

bef. 1000; ME; OE fyr(e)st


Princeton's WordNet

  1. first, number one(noun)

    the first or highest in an ordering or series

    "He wanted to be the first"

  2. first, number one, number 1(noun)

    the first element in a countable series

    "the first of the month"

  3. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset(noun)

    the time at which something is supposed to begin

    "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

  4. first base, first(noun)

    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)

  5. first, first-class honours degree(noun)

    an honours degree of the highest class

  6. first gear, first, low gear, low(adj)

    the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

  7. first(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"

  8. first, 1st(adj)

    indicating the beginning unit in a series

  9. inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden(adj)

    serving to set in motion

    "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage"

  10. beginning(a), first(adj)

    serving to begin

    "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"

  11. first, foremost, world-class(adj)

    ranking above all others

    "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"

  12. first(adverb)

    highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections

    "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"

  13. first, firstly, foremost, first of all, first off(adverb)

    before anything else

    "first we must consider the garter snake"

  14. first, for the first time(adverb)

    the initial time

    "when Felix first saw a garter snake"

  15. first(adverb)

    before another in time, space, or importance

    "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"

  16. foremost, first(adverb)

    prominently forward

    "he put his best foot foremost"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. first(determiner)ɜrst

    coming before all others

    My first child is now 10 years old.; his first day on the job; her first thought every morning

  2. firstɜrst

    never having happened before

    to go abroad for the first time; my first experience of classical music

  3. firstɜrst

    the first time sb looks at sth

    At first glance I thought he was a girl.

  4. first(adverb)ɜrst

    before all other people or things

    Who got to the party first?; First we have to talk to his parents.

  5. firstɜrst

    initially or originally

    The paintings were first shown in Paris.

  6. firstɜrst

    at the beginning

    I felt shy at first.; At first nobody knew what was happening.

  7. firstɜrst

    before all other things

    First of all we'll need to get all the equipment.

  8. firstɜrst

    most importantly

    First of all, he doesn't even understand the problem.

  9. first(noun)ɜrst

    sth never done before

    Winning that game was a first for our team.

  10. firstɜrst

    a vehicle's lowest gear

    Put the car in first.

  11. firstɜrst

    the highest level of undergraduate qualification

    ***She got a first in her degree.

  12. first(pronoun)ɜrst

    the one that comes before all others

    His second movie is not as good as his first.; She was the first to ask me that.; That was the first I'd heard of it.


  1. first(Noun)

    The person or thing in the first position.

    He was the first to complete the course.

  2. first(Noun)

    The first gear of an engine.

  3. first

    Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.

    This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.

  4. first

    first base

    There was a close play at first.

  5. first

    A first-class honours degree.

  6. first

    A first-edition copy of some publication.

  7. first

    A fraction of an integer ending in one. Oneth.

    One forty-first of the estate.

  8. first(Noun)

    Time; time granted; respite.

  9. first(Adverb)

    Before anything else; firstly.

  10. first(Adjective)

    Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.

  11. First(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the executive of a particular nation or state.

Webster Dictionary

  1. First(adj)

    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

  2. First(adj)

    foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others

  3. First(adj)

    most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece

  4. First(adverb)

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

  5. First(noun)

    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


  1. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

    For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, Junior FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. Founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989, its expressed goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. It is noted for its philosophy of cooperative competition, which is expressed by the organization as coopertition and gracious professionalism. FIRST also operates FIRST Place, a research facility at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, where it holds educational programs and day camps for students and teachers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #79

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Written Corpus Frequency: #146

Anagrams of first

  1. Frits

  2. Rifts

Translations for first

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


before all others in place, time or rank

the first person to arrive; The boy spoke first.

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