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  1. the first of its kind to be produced or to appear.
  2. first offspring.
  3. a first product or result.
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Origin of firstling

First recorded in 1525–35; first + -ling1
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Examples from the Web for firstling

Historical Examples

  • The firstling of his bullock, majesty is his; and his horns are the horns of the wild-ox.

    The Astronomy of the Bible

    E. Walter Maunder

  • Yea, I am fair, my firstling; if thou couldst but remember me!

    Poems by the Way

    William Morris

  • Whoever may be the author, it is the firstling of his dramatic muse, and worth merely a passing mention.

  • And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

  • But there is an interesting touch of nature in the words the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb.

British Dictionary definitions for firstling


  1. the first, esp the first offspring
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