[fawr-mohst, -muhst, fohr-]
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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

Synonyms for foremost

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Historical Examples of foremost

  • Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It unquestionably established Gladstone as the foremost financier of his day.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In the Peer's gallery were the foremost members of the House of Lords.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Foremost among these--one would think--should come his own productions.

  • Among the foremost advocates of the royal usurpations was Dr. Bullivant.

    Dr. Bullivant

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for foremost


adjective, adverb
  1. 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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with foremost


see first and foremost.

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