adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
Origin of early
Synonyms for early
Examples from the Web for earliest
Contemporary Examples of earliest
She adds that some of the earliest voting booths were stationed inside drinking establishments.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Hitchcock saw the work of, and probably met, Murnau, the great German filmmaker--the earliest master of bleak light and shadow.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Indeed the earliest vaccinations against small pox were done 1,000 years ago in China.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
One of her earliest memories of life in the Bronx is visiting the library with her mother and sister.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
One of the earliest ticker-tape parades was for Teddy Roosevelt when he returned from an African safari in 1910.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of earliest
The earliest inhabitants of the world did not know what it was.
They were Europeans, and their earliest home had been in the Isle of Crete.
Was it not thus he had been from earliest childhood taught to look at them?Weighed and Wanting
Why, from my earliest years I had been accustomed to think of myself as plain, and had not cared.The Bacillus of Beauty
From earliest childhood I saw a good deal of them, and I know what I say.In the Valley
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for early
In addition to the idioms beginning with early
- early bird catches the worm
- early on
- early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise)
- bright and early