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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Definitions for foremost

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

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Citations for foremost
Although Higgins has never been to Syria, and until recently had no connection to the country, he has become perhaps the foremost expert on the munitions used in the war. Patrick Radden Keefe, "Rocket Man," The New Yorker, Nov. 25, 2013
It also makes a distinction, within the domain of orthodoxy, between those who press eagerly forward, the foremost, and those who observe a certain moderation in their worship... Martin Lings, What is Sufism?, 1975
Origin of foremost
Foremost has been in English since before 1000. It replaced the Old English word formest, which is related to the word first.