Synonyms of first in English:



  • 1 the first chapter of Genesis
    earliest, initial, opening, introductory, original
    the first chapter of Genesis
    [Antonyms] last closing
  • 4 he is hoping to win the £3,000 first prize
    top, best, prime, premier, superlative; winner's, winning, champion


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  • 1 they went back to the room they had first entered
    at first, to begin with, at the beginning/start, first of all, at the outset, initially
  • 3 she longed to go abroad, but not at this man's expense—she'd die first!
    in preference, more willingly, sooner, rather


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  • 1 from the first, surrealism was theatrical
    the beginning, the very beginning, the start, the outset, the commencement
    informal the word go, square one, the off
    from the first, surrealism was theatrical
    [Antonyms] the end
  • 2 informal we travelled by air, a first for both of us
    novelty, new experience, first experience, first occurrence, unusual event
    informal a turn-up for the books

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proto- related prefix, as in prototype , protohuman
ur- related prefix, as in urtext

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