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first name Syllabification: first name
Pronunciation: /ˈfərs(t) ˈˌnām/

Definition of first name in English:


A personal name given to someone at birth or baptism and used before a family name.
Example sentences
  • He might have seized power in a military coup and immediately cancelled elections, but hey, he's a first-name kind of guy.
  • In 1959 he converted to Roman Catholicism and adopted the first name Léonard in recognition of his admiration for Leonardo da Vinci.
  • His first name was originally William, but he adopted ‘Walt’ in about 1900.
forename, given name, Christian name


on a first-name basis
Having a friendly and informal relationship: an amateur ecologist who is on a first-name basis with most reptiles
More example sentences
  • We are on first-name terms with many of the staff, who have been great and there are some really big personalities among them.
  • I find it so much more pleasant to work with people on first-name terms.
  • He is on first-name terms with every national newspaper editor, goes on holiday with the present editor of The Sun, and counts television executives and celebrities among his impeccable social contacts.
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