first: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fûrst), [key]
- being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of one: the first edition; the first vice president.
- highest or chief among several voices or instruments of the same class: first alto; first horn.
- low (def. 31).
- before anything else; at once; promptly: I'll call you first thing when I arrive.
- 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: She first visited Atlanta in 1980.
- in preference to something else; rather; sooner: I'd die first.
- in the first place; firstly.
- everything considered; above all else; altogether: First and last, it is important to know oneself.
- at the outset; immediately: He wanted to know first off why he hadn't been notified.
- the person or thing that is first in time, order, rank, etc.
- the beginning.
- 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.
- a leader of a part or group of performers.
- low gear; first gear: She shifted into first and drove off.
- the winning position or rank in a race or other competition.
- a product or goods of the first or highest quality.
- goods produced according to specifications, without visible flaws. Cf. second1 (def. 23),third(def. 12).
- first-class honors. Cf. class (def. 18).
- a person who has won such honors.
- first (Thesaurus)
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