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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fėrst, 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. [A.S. fyrst; the superl. of fore by adding -st.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The appellation of the senior lieutenant; also, senior lieutenant of marines, and first captain of a gun.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #79
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'first' in Written Corpus Frequency: #146
The numerical value of first in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of first in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of first in a Sentence
I hope that these first face-to-face talks will chart a course towards a rapid end to the fighting, the resumption of political dialogue, and Yemen's return to an orderly and peaceful political transition.
It was the first time we relived it, you don't want to watch it back, but we knew how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger.
It's your first exposure to a lot of different chemistry and microbes.
First the workers (try to) convince them, then their supervisors, then senior members of the community, (This government action) is the final step in eradicating this issue.
The first reaction is that they say it feels a bit different but then after five minutes they find they really enjoy it.
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Translations for first
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- أولاً, أولى, أول, أَوّلArabic
- пръв, първо, първенец, началоBulgarian
- དང་པོ།Tibetan Standard
- primerCatalan, Valencian
- zaprvé, první, prvněCzech
- først, første, forrestDanish
- Erste, erster, erstens, Novum, an erster Stelle, zuerstGerman
- πρώτος, πρωτίστως, πρώταGreek
- primeramente, primero, estreno, primera, para empezarSpanish
- aurreneko, lehenengoBasque
- نخست, نخستین, یکمین, اولین, یکم, اولPersian
- ykkönen, ensiksi, ensimmäinen, kerta, ensinnäkinFinnish
- fyrst, fyrri, fyrstiFaroese
- premier, premièrement, primo, première, avant tout, en premier lieu, d'abordFrench
- foarst, earstWestern Frisian
- aonú, céadIrish
- ceud, ciad, an toiseachScottish Gaelic
- yn chied, kiedManx
- पहला, प्रथमHindi
- premyeHaitian Creole
- առաջին, նախArmenian
- primo, primeInterlingua
- primo, prima, dapprimaItalian
- 第一, 先ず, 初, 最初, 先, 一番目, 初めてJapanese
- 첫째, 우선Korean
- prīmus, prīmum, primisLatin
- éischtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pirmas, pirmaLithuanian
- pirmais, pirmāLatvian
- tuatahi, mātāmuaMāori
- прв, најпрвин, најпрво, првоMacedonian
- origineel, eerste, eerstDutch
- łáaʼii góneʼ, áłtséNavajo, Navaho
- фыццагOssetian, Ossetic
- ਪਹਿਲਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- najpierw, pierwszyPolish
- لومړیPashto, Pushto
- primeiro, primeiraPortuguese
- hukñiqin, ñawpaQuechua
- emprem, emprimRomansh
- primă, primul, primRomanian
- пе́рвый, в пе́рвую о́чередь, во-пе́рвых, пре́жде всего́Russian
- primmu, primuSardinian
- پهريون, پهرِينSindhi
- први, prviSerbo-Croatian
- පළමුSinhala, Sinhalese
- po prvé, prvýSlovak
- först, förste, första, ettaSwedish
- ya kwanzaSwahili
- ఒకటవ, మొదటిTelugu
- якум, аввалTajik
- ที่หนึ่ง, เป็นครั้งแรกThai
- ilk, birinciTurkish
- ئاۋۋال, بىرىنچىUyghur, Uighur
- đầu tiên, thứ nhất, cơ bảnVietnamese
- -ey-ininme, prumî, prumireWalloon
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