- The definition of early is near the beginning, or belonging to a previous time.
- An example of early is the first act of a five act performance; an early act.
- An example of early is prehistoric humans; early humans.
- Early is defined as before the expected time, or soon after the start.
An example of early is showing up to a dinner party fifteen minutes before it starts.
The early morning sunrise.
early definition by Webster's New World
- 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
early definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective ear·li·er, ear·li·est
- Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: in the early morning; scored two runs in the early innings.
- a. Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time: the early inhabitants of the British Isles.b. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development: an early form of life; an early computer.
- Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time: an early spring; an early retirement.
- Maturing or developing relatively soon: an early variety of tomato.
- Occurring in the near future: Observers predicted an early end to the negotiations.
- a. Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: departed early in the day; scored important victories early in the campaign.b. At or near the beginning of the morning: She never used to get up so early.
- At or during a remote or initial period: decided very early to go into medicine.
- Before the expected or usual time: arrived at the meeting a few minutes early.
- Soon in relation to others of its kind: a rose that was cultivated to bloom early.
Origin: Middle English erli, from Old English ǣrlīce : ǣr, before; see ayer- in Indo-European roots + -līce, adv. suff.; see -ly2.
- earˈli·ness noun
, Jubal Anderson 1816-1894.
early - Phrases/Idioms