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early

[ ur-lee ]
/ ˈɜr li /
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adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
a fruit or vegetable that appears before most others of its type.
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Idioms about early

    early on, with but little time elapsed; early in the course of a process, project, etc.; early in the game.

Origin of early

before 950; Middle English erlich (adj.), erliche (adv.), Old English ǣrlīc, ǣrlīce, mutated variant of ārlīc, ārlīce, equivalent to ār- early (positive of ǣrere) + līc(e) -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM early

ear·li·ness, noun

Other definitions for early (2 of 2)

Early
[ ur-lee ]
/ ˈɜr li /

noun
Ju·bal Anderson [joo-buhl], /ˈdʒu bəl/, 1816–94, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
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How to use early in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for early

early
/ (ˈɜːlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
adverb -lier
before the expected or usual time
near the first part of a period or sequenceI was talking to him earlier

Derived forms of early

earliness, noun

Word Origin for early

Old English ǣrlīce, from ǣr ere + -līce -ly ²; related to Old Norse arliga
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