adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
Origin of early
Examples from the Web for earliest
She adds that some of the earliest voting booths were stationed inside drinking establishments.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed the earliest vaccinations against small pox were done 1,000 years ago in China.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of her earliest memories of life in the Bronx is visiting the library with her mother and sister.
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|Michael Daly|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The name of Mr. Galloway should also be mentioned as one of the earliest workers in this direction.
Her meaning had been, from her earliest years, to marry, or be married.The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
By earliest daylight they come crowding around the camp, as though they expected to find something eatable there.The Land of Fire|Mayne Reid
Should anything immediately result from it, you may depend on the earliest intelligence.
This man came of Scottish ancestry, the earliest records of the family dating from 1547.
British Dictionary definitions for earliest
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for early
Word Origin and History for earliest
Old English ærlic "early," from ær "soon, ere" (see ere) + -lice, adverbial suffix (see -ly (2)). Cf. Old Norse arliga "early." The early bird of the proverb is from 1670s. Related: Earlier; earliest.
Idioms and Phrases with earliest
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