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[fawr-mohst, -muh st, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective, adverb
first in place, order, rank, etc.:
the foremost surgeons.
Origin of foremost
before 1000; fore1 + -most; replacing Middle English, Old English formest, equivalent to form(a) first, variant of fruma (compare Latin prīmus) + -est -est1
primary, prime, chief, principal, paramount. Unabridged
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  • Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It unquestionably established Gladstone as the foremost financier of his day.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • In the Peer's gallery were the foremost members of the House of Lords.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • foremost among these--one would think--should come his own productions.

  • Among the foremost advocates of the royal usurpations was Dr. Bullivant.

    Dr. Bullivant Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for foremost


adjective, adverb
first in time, place, rank, etc
Word Origin
Old English formest, from forma first; related to Old Saxon formo first, Old High German fruma advantage
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Word Origin and History for foremost

Old English fyrmest "earliest, first, most prominent," from Proto-Germanic *formo- (related to Old English fruma "beginning"), superlative of the root of fore + additional superlative suffix -est. Cf. -most, and cf. also Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists. Altered on the assumption that it is a compound of fore and most.

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