first

/fɜst / (say ferst)

adjective
1. being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc. (the ordinal of one).
2. Music highest or chief among several voices or instruments of the same class: first alto; first horn.
3. Motor Vehicles being or relating to a low transmission gear ratio.
adverb
4. before all others or anything else in time, order, rank, etc.
5. before some other thing, event, etc.
6. for the first time.
7. in preference to something else; rather; sooner.
8. in the first place; firstly.
noun
9. that which is first in time, order, rank, etc.
10. the beginning.
11. the first part; the first member of a series.
12. Music
a. the voice or instrument that takes the highest or chief part in its class, especially in an orchestra or chorus.
b. a leader of a group of performers.
13. Motor Vehicles first gear.
14. the first place in a race, etc.
15. a first-class degree.
16. (plural) the best quality of certain articles of commerce.
phrase
17. at first blush, at the first view; on first consideration.
18. at first hand, from the first or original source.
19. at (the) first, at the beginning or outset.
20. be a first, to be the first experience of something, or first attempt at doing something: this tour is a first for me.
21. draw first blood,
a. (in physical combat) to inflict the first injury.
b. (in non-physical competition) to gain the initial advantage.
22. first and last, altogether; in all.
23. first bash, Colloquial the first attempt at something: you can have first bash at this.
24. first in, best dressed, (an expression meaning that the first person to arrive has an advantage over others in a group.)
25. first thing, before anything else; at once; early.
26. first up,
a. at the first attempt.
b. before all others: to race first up.
27. from the first, from the beginning or outset.
{Middle English; Old English fyrst, related to German Füst prince; a superlative form related to fore1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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