Finished the season in first.
From the first; at first.
Arrived first; forgot to light the oven first.
The first day of spring.
Was first in the class.
First daughter Sasha Obama.
The first house on your left.
An example of first is a first child, a child born before their siblings.
Would die first.
To plunge into a pool feet first.
The first day of September 2013 was a Sunday. I was the first runner to reach the finish line, and won the race.
Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
Clean the sink first, before you even think of starting to cook.
He was the first to complete the course.
This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.
There was a close play at first.
One forty-first of the estate.
- From the start; immediately:Why wasn't I told first off? When I get to work, I have to call my lawyer first thing.
- as the first thing; before anything else
- firstly; to begin with
Other Word Forms
Origin of first
- Middle English from Old English fyrst per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English first, furst, ferst, fyrst, from Old English fyrst, fyrest (“first, foremost, principal, chief, original”), from Proto-Germanic *furistaz (“foremost, first”), superlative of Proto-Germanic *fur, *fura, *furi (“before”), from Proto-Indo-European *per-, *pero- (“forward, beyond, around”), equivalent to fore + -est. Cognate with North Frisian foarste (“first”), Dutch voorste (“foremost, first”), German Fürst (“chief, prince”, literally “first (born)”), Swedish första (“first”), Icelandic fyrstur (“first”).
- From Middle English first, furst, fyrst, from Old English fyrst, fierst, first (“period, space of time, time, respite, truce”), from Proto-Germanic *fristaz, *fristą (“date, appointed time”), from Proto-Indo-European *pres-, *per- (“forward, forth, over, beyond”). Cognate with North Frisian ferst, frest (“period, time”), German Frist (“period, deadline, term”), Swedish frist (“deadline, respite, reprieve, time-limit”), Icelandic frestur (“period”). See also frist.