- first in place, order, rank, etc.: the foremost surgeons.
Origin of foremost
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Examples from the Web for foremost
The New York governor was the foremost Democrat to stand athwart the Reagan Revolution.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
Even the best of us can hurt the people who come to us for care when we forget that our foremost obligation is to them.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
The foremost trendsetter of Scandi-sleek design and New Nordic food knows no limit to its progressive reputation.The Ultimate LGBT Travel Bucket List
December 12, 2014
The cities of the heartland came into existence, first and foremost, as economic entities.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
And, if this is once again removed, the local population will likely blame, first and foremost, the anti-ISIS coalition.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?
It unquestionably established Gladstone as the foremost financier of his day.
In the Peer's gallery were the foremost members of the House of Lords.
Foremost among these--one would think--should come his own productions.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Among the foremost advocates of the royal usurpations was Dr. Bullivant.Dr. Bullivant
- first in time, place, rank, etc
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.
Idioms and Phrases with foremost
see first and foremost.