[adjective furst-neym; verb furst-neym]
- of or relating to one's first, or given, name; familiar; intimate: They were on a first-name basis soon after meeting.
- to address (someone) by his or her first name, especially as a sign of informality or familiarity: The boss doesn't like the employees to first-name her.
Origin of first name
Middle English word dating back to 1200–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for first-name
He still pinches himself, he said, for being on first-name basis with folks like the Clintons.Malala, Bloomberg Honored At The CGI Global Citizen Awards
September 26, 2013
Voters are on a first-name basis with candidates because of it.The Democrats’ Last Woman Standing: New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan
November 4, 2012
That warm, fuzzy feeling is reciprocated—more often than not on a first-name basis.Haley Barbour's Secret Weapon
December 1, 2010
They had dropped formality and were on a first-name basis now.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
It seemed unlikely that necktie drummers would be on terms of first-name intimacy with Shakespeare.Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
"Doan' go so fas', Hoo," called Mr. Lum, for they had long since reached the first-name stage.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon
Why, then, are you on first-name terms with everyone in the scientific group except me?Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
- a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surnameAlso called: Christian name, forename, given name