- The definition of first is someone or something that happens or acts before any others.
An example of first is a first child, a child born before their siblings.
first definition by Webster's New World
- preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
- happening or acting before all others; earliest
- ranking before all others; foremost in rank, quality, importance, etc.; principal
- designating the slowest forward gear ratio of a motor vehicle transmission; low ()
- Music playing or singing the part highest in pitch or the leading part
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English fyrst, literally , foremost, superlative of fore, before (see fore), akin to Old High German furist, German fürst, prince, literally , foremost ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, beyond from source Classical Latin prae, before, Classical Greek para, beside, beyond
- before any other person or thing; at the beginning
- before doing anything else
- as the first point; to begin with
- for the first time
- sooner; preferably
- the one before the second
- any person, thing, class, place, etc. that is first
- the first day of a month
- the beginning; start
- a first happening or thing of its kind
- the best quality of merchandise
- the winning place in a race or competition
- the first () gear of a motor vehicle transmission; low ()
- ☆ Baseball first base
- Music the highest or leading voice or instrument in an ensemble
first definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The ordinal number matching the number one in a series.
- The one coming, occurring, or ranking before or above all others.
- The beginning; the outset: from the first; at first.
- Music The voice or instrument highest in pitch or carrying the principal part.
- The transmission gear or corresponding gear ratio used to produce the range of lowest drive speeds in a motor vehicle.
- The winning position in a contest: finished the season in first.
- Baseball a. First base.b. A first baseman.
- Corresponding in order to the number one.
- Coming before all others in order or location: the first house on your left.
- Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest: the first day of spring.
- Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost: was first in the class.
- Music Being highest in pitch or carrying the principal part: first trumpet.
- Of, relating to, or being the transmission gear or corresponding gear ratio used to produce the range of lowest drive speeds in a motor vehicle.
- Of, related to, or being a member of the U.S. president's household: first daughter Amy Carter.
- Before or above all others in time, order, rank, or importance: arrived first; forgot to light the oven first.
- For the first time.
- Rather; preferably: would die first.
- In the first place; to begin with. See Usage Note at firstly.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fyrst; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
first - Computer Definition
(Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Founded in 1990, FIRST coordinates the efforts of dozens of CERTs, mostly governmental, from around the world. See CERT.
first - Medical Definition
- Coming before all others in order or location.
- Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest.
- Being the innermost digit, especially on a foot.
- first noun
first - Phrases/Idioms
in the first place