composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute): the first-string team.
foremost; main: the first-string critics.

Nearby words

  1. first-past-the-post,
  2. first-person shooter,
  3. first-rate,
  4. first-sale doctrine,
  5. first-strike,
  6. first-termer,
  7. first-time,
  8. first-timer,
  9. firstborn,
  10. firstcomer

Origin of first-string

First recorded in 1915–20

Related formsfirst-string·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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