first

[ furst ]
/ fɜrst /

adjective

adverb

noun

Idioms for first

Origin of first

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fyr(e)st (see fore1, -est1); cognate with German Fürst prince

OTHER WORDS FROM first

first·ness, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for first and last

first
/ (fɜːst) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

noun

adverb

See also firsts

Word Origin for first

Old English fyrest; related to Old Saxon furist, Old Norse fyrstr, German Fürst prince, one who is first in rank
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Medical definitions for first and last

first
[ fûrst ]

adj.

Coming before all others in order or location.
Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest.
Being the innermost digit, especially on a foot.

Other words from first

first n.
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Idioms and Phrases with first and last (1 of 2)

first and last

Under all circumstances, always, as in She was an artist first and last. (For a synonym, see above all.) This expression, first recorded in 1589, should not be confused with the similar-sounding from first to last, which means “from start to finish” or “throughout,” as in We cheered them on from first to last.

Idioms and Phrases with first and last (2 of 2)

first

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