Definitions for firstfɜrst
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of
highest or chief among several voices or instruments of the same class:
first alto; first horn.
Category: Music and Dance
Ref: low (def. 28). 1 1 31
(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
(adv.)before all others or anything else in time, order, rank, etc.
before some other thing, event, etc.:
If you're going, phone first.
for the first time.
in preference to something else; rather; sooner:
I'd die first.
in the first place; firstly.
(n.)the person or thing that is first in time, order, rank, etc.
the first part; first member of a series.
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
low gear; first gear.
the winning position or rank in a race or other competition.
Usu., firsts. products of the highest quality or those produced without flaws.
Idioms for first:
at first sight,at the first glimpse; at once:
love at first sight.
first off,at the outset; immediately.
Category: Idiom, Informal
Origin of first:
bef. 1000; ME; OE fyr(e)st
first, number one(noun)
the first or highest in an ordering or series
"He wanted to be the first"
first, number one, number 1(noun)
the first element in a countable series
"the first of the month"
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"
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)
first, first-class honours degree(noun)
an honours degree of the highest class
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
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"
indicating the beginning unit in a series
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"
serving to begin
"the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
first, foremost, world-class(adj)
ranking above all others
"was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
"first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
first, firstly, foremost, first of all, first off(adverb)
before anything else
"first we must consider the garter snake"
first, for the first time(adverb)
the initial time
"when Felix first saw a garter snake"
before another in time, space, or importance
"I was here first"; "let's do this job first"
"he put his best foot foremost"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
coming before all others
My first child is now 10 years old.; his first day on the job; her first thought every morning
never having happened before
to go abroad for the first time; my first experience of classical music
the first time sb looks at sth
At first glance I thought he was a girl.
before all other people or things
Who got to the party first?; First we have to talk to his parents.
initially or originally
The paintings were first shown in Paris.
at the beginning
I felt shy at first.; At first nobody knew what was happening.
before all other things
First of all we'll need to get all the equipment.
First of all, he doesn't even understand the problem.
sth never done before
Winning that game was a first for our team.
a vehicle's lowest gear
Put the car in first.
the highest level of undergraduate qualification
***She got a first in her degree.
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.
The person or thing in the first position.
He was the first to complete the course.
The first gear of an engine.
Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.
This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.
There was a close play at first.
A first-class honours degree.
A first-edition copy of some publication.
A fraction of an integer ending in one. Oneth.
One forty-first of the estate.
Time; time granted; respite.
Before anything else; firstly.
Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.
Of or pertaining to the executive of a particular nation or state.
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
foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others
most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece
before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; -- much used in composition with adjectives and participles
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
Translations for first
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
before all others in place, time or rank
the first person to arrive; The boy spoke first.
- primeiroPortuguese (BR)
- erst, zuerstGerman
- første; førstDanish
- esimene, esimesenaEstonian
- premier, premièreFrench
- प्रथम, पहलाHindi
- prvi, na prvom mjestuCroatian
- 첫 째의Korean
- først, som nummer én/den førsteNorwegian
- (jako) pierwszyPolish
- först, förstaSwedish
- 第一Chinese (Trad.)
- مقام میں سب سے پہلےUrdu
- thứ nhất; đầu tiênVietnamese
- 第一Chinese (Simp.)
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