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early bird

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noun
  1. a person who rises at an early hour.
  2. a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage: The early birds got the best seats for the play.
  3. (initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.
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Origin of early bird

First recorded in 1885–90
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  • Hobbs dogged them at a safe distance while they sallied forth and in a neighboring street discovered an early-bird bakery.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for early bird

early bird

noun
  1. informal a person who rises early or arrives in good time
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Early Bird

noun
  1. one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the USSee also Intelsat
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