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early

[ ur-lee ]
/ 藞蓽r li /
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adverb, ear路li路er, ear路li路est.
adjective, ear路li路er, ear路li路est.
noun, plural ear路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 牵rl墨c, 牵rl墨ce, mutated variant of 膩rl墨c, 膩rl墨ce, equivalent to 膩r- early (positive of 牵rere) + l墨c(e) -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM early

ear路li路ness, noun

Other definitions for early (2 of 2)

Early
[ ur-lee ]
/ 藞蓽r li /

noun
Ju路bal Anderson [joo-buhl], /藞d蕭u b蓹l/, 1816鈥94, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
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British Dictionary definitions for early

early
/ (藞蓽藧l瑟) /

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 牵rl墨ce, from 牵r ere + -l墨ce -ly 虏; related to Old Norse arliga
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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