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foremost

[ fawr-mohst, -muhst, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr- /
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adjective, adverb

first in place, order, rank, etc.: the foremost surgeons.

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forelock, foreman, foremast, forementioned, foremilk, foremost, foremother, forename, forenamed, forenoon, forenoon watch

Origin of foremost

before 1000; fore1 + -most; replacing Middle English, Old English formest, equivalent to form(a) first, variant of fruma (compare Latin prīmus) + -est -est1
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foremost

/ (ˈfɔːˌməʊst) /

adjective, adverb

first in time, place, rank, etc

Word Origin for foremost

Old English formest, from forma first; related to Old Saxon formo first, Old High German fruma advantage
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Word Origin and History for foremost

foremost


adj.

Old English fyrmest "earliest, first, most prominent," from Proto-Germanic *formo- (related to Old English fruma "beginning"), superlative of the root of fore + additional superlative suffix -est. Cf. -most, and cf. also Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists. Altered on the assumption that it is a compound of fore and most.

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Idioms and Phrases with foremost

foremost


see first and foremost.

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