first name

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Origin of first name

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50

Other definitions for first-name (2 of 2)

[ adjective furst-neym; verb furst-neym ]

  1. of or relating to one's first, or given, name; familiar; intimate: They were on a first-name basis soon after meeting.

verb (used with object),first-named, first-nam·ing.
  1. to address (someone) by their 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

First recorded in 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for first name

first name

  1. a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surname: Also called: Christian name, forename, given name

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