[ furst ]
/ fɜrst /




Nearby words

  1. firn,
  2. firn line,
  3. firnification,
  4. firozabad,
  5. firry,
  6. first aid,
  7. first amendment,
  8. first and foremost,
  9. first and last,
  10. first axiom of countability


Origin of first

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fyr(e)st (see fore1, -est1); cognate with German Fürst prince

Related formsfirst·ness, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for firsts

British Dictionary definitions for firsts


/ (fɜːsts) /

pl n

saleable goods of the highest quality


/ (fɜːst) /

adjective (usually prenominal)



See also firsts

Word Origin for first

Old English fyrest; related to Old Saxon furist, Old Norse fyrstr, German Fürst prince, one who is first in rank

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Word Origin and History for firsts


adj., adv.
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Medicine definitions for firsts


[ fûrst ]


Coming before all others in order or location.
Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest.
Being the innermost digit, especially on a foot.
Related formsfirst n.

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Idioms and Phrases with firsts


In addition to the idioms beginning with first

  • first and foremost
  • first and last
  • first blush
  • first come, first served
  • first cousin
  • first hand
  • first of all
  • first off
  • first thing
  • first things first

also see:

  • at first
  • at first blush
  • at first hand
  • cast the first stone
  • get to first base
  • if at first you don't succeed
  • in the first place
  • in the (first) flush of
  • love at first sight
  • not know beans (the first thing)
  • of the first water
  • on a first-name basis
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