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first British & World English

Coming before all others in time or order; earliest; 1st

first English Thesaurus

the first chapter of Genesis

at first British & World English

At the beginning; in the initial stage or stages

first off British & World English

As a first point; firstly

first aid British & World English

Help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available

first blood British & World English

The first shedding of blood, especially in a boxing match or formerly in duelling with swords

first thing British & World English

Early in the morning; before anything else

first base British & World English

The first of the four stations that must be reached in turn to score a run

First Cause British & World English

A supposed ultimate cause of all events, which does not itself have a cause, identified with God

first class British & World English

A set of people or things grouped together as the best

first cost British & World English

Another term for prime cost.

first down British & World English

The score achieved by a team who have kept possession of the ball by advancing at least ten yards in a series of four downs

first-ever British & World English

Used for emphasis to denote the first of its type to be undertaken, recorded, established, etc.

first floor British & World English

The floor of a building above the ground floor

first-foot British & World English

Be the first person to cross the threshold of the house of (someone) in the New Year, in accordance with a Scottish custom

first gear British & World English

The lowest in a set of gears on a vehicle, used when travelling very slowly

first grade British & World English

The first year of formal education

first-hand British & World English

(Of information or experience) from the original source or personal experience; direct

First Lady British & World English

The wife of the President of the US or other head of state

first light British & World English

The time when light first appears in the morning; dawn

first-line British & World English

Of first resort

first mate British & World English

The officer second in command to the master of a merchant ship

first name British & World English

A personal name given to someone at birth or baptism and used before a family name

first night British & World English

The first public performance of a play or show

first-order British & World English

Relating to the simplest or most fundamental level of organization, experience, or analysis; primary or immediate

first post British & World English

(In the British armed forces) the first of two bugle calls giving notice of the hour of retiring at night

first-rate British & World English

Of the best class or quality; excellent

First State British & World English

Informal name for Delaware.

first-timer British & World English

A person who is doing or has done something specified for the first time

First World British & World English

The industrialized capitalist countries of western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand

feet first British & World English

With the feet in front

head first British & World English

With the head in front of the rest of the body

first-class English Thesaurus

a first-class hotel

first-hand English Thesaurus

they have first-hand experience of bringing up children

first name English Thesaurus

my first name's Gordon

first-rate English Thesaurus

they have done a first-rate job

head first English Thesaurus

she dived head first into the water

first class New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

first floor New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

first-hand New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen; but at first hand two words)

First Lady New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

wife of the president of the US

First Reich New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

the Holy Roman Empire, 962–1806

double first British & World English

A university degree with first-class honours in two subjects or two major examinations

First Consul British & World English

The title held by Napoleon Bonaparte from 1799 to 1804, when he became Emperor of France

first course British & World English

A small savoury dish forming the first of the successive parts of a meal


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