First

Definition of First

Pronunciation: fẽrst
a.1.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.Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
3.Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
At first blush
See under Blush.
At first hand
from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.
It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself.
- Dickens.
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprung
From thy implanted grace in man!
- Milton.
adv.1.Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles.
Adam was first formed, then Eve.
- 1 Tim. ii. 13.
At first
at the beginning or origin.
First or last
at one time or another; at the beginning or end.
And all are fools and lovers first or last.
- Dryden.
n.1.(Mus.) The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; - so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.

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