[ furst-nahy-ter ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈnaɪ tər /
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a person who often or usually attends the theater, opera, etc., on opening night.
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Origin of firstnighter
First recorded in 1880–85; first night + -er1
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How to use firstnighter in a sentence
The stage claimed a great part of my attention about this time, and I became an inveterate "first-nighter" in my holidays.Forty Years of 'Spy'|Leslie Ward
I was on the Long Branch boat the other day and met a well-known Empire first-nighter.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
She dresses la mode, she is an habitue of the smart restaurants, an inveterate first-nighter.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
He was not a "first-nighter," but dropped in to see a new piece whenever he wanted copy for his feuilleton.Aspects and Impressions|Edmund Gosse
Lady Prattler (a confirmed first-nighter, to actor-manager).English Society|George Du Maurier
British Dictionary definitions for firstnighter
a member of an opening night audience, esp one who habitually attends first nights
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