Variant of early
- near the beginning of a given period of time or of a series, as of events; soon after the start
- before the expected or customary time
- in the far distant past; in ancient or remote times
- in the near future; before much time has passed
Origin: Middle English erli ; from Old English ærlic, adv. (from source ærlic, adjective ) ; from ær, before (see ere) plush -lice, adv. suffix (see -ly, like)
- earliness noun
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