- the voice or instrument that takes the highest or chief part in its class, especially in an orchestra or chorus.
- a leader of a part or group of performers.
- a product or goods of the first or highest quality.
- goods produced according to specifications, without visible flaws.
- first-class honors.Compare class(def 18).
- a person who has won such honors.
Words nearby first
Idioms for first
Origin of first
OTHER WORDS FROM firstfirst·ness, adjective
Examples from the Web for first
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
In the first episode, an officer is shown video of himself shooting and killing a man.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But since those rosy scenarios were first floated, the California political scene has grown more crowded.
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.
He sees himself as the first Muslim president of all Europe.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Here at Holkham Bay in 1876 began the first placer gold-mining in Alaska.America, Volume 6 (of 6)|Joel Cook
The first abstract of votes polled in St. Croix county was for delegate to Congress and for county officers.Fifty Years In The Northwest|William Henry Carman Folsom
The sound of merry voices and laughing came from within, and his first hesitating knock was unanswered.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
His "Main Traveled Roads," the first of many editions appearing in 1891, made him famous.Prairie Gold|Various
After the first moment she did not look at Julian; she looked away from him out of the window.The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for first
adjective (usually prenominal)
- coming before all others; earliest, best, or foremost
- (as noun)I was the first to arrive
- denoting the highest part assigned to one of the voice parts in a chorus or one of the sections of an orchestrafirst soprano; the first violins
- denoting the principal player in a specific orchestral sectionhe plays first horn
- the highest part in a particular section of a chorus or orchestra
- the instrument or voice taking such a part
- the chief or leading player in a section of an orchestra; principal
Word Origin for first
Medical definitions for first
Other words from firstfirst n.
Idioms and Phrases with first
In addition to the idioms beginning with first
- first and foremost
- first and last
- first blush
- first come, first served
- first cousin
- first hand
- first of all
- first off
- first thing
- first things first
- at first
- at first blush
- at first hand
- cast the first stone
- get to first base
- if at first you don't succeed
- in the first place
- in the (first) flush of
- love at first sight
- not know beans (the first thing)
- of the first water
- on a first-name basis