early bird


a person who rises at an early hour.
a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage: The early birds got the best seats for the play.
(initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.

Nearby words

  1. earlock,
  2. earlship,
  3. early,
  4. early adopter,
  5. early american,
  6. early bird catches the worm,
  7. early blight,
  8. early christian,
  9. early closing,
  10. early english

Origin of early bird

First recorded in 1885–90

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Examples from the Web for early bird

  • Hobbs dogged them at a safe distance while they sallied forth and in a neighboring street discovered an early-bird bakery.

    The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for early bird

early bird


informal a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird


one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the USSee also Intelsat
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