Definition of foremost in English:


Line breaks: fore|most
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːməʊst



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  • Before anything else in rank, importance, or position; in the first place: it was, foremost, the first unequivocal demonstration of the process
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    • From Wednesday pulling pints will be foremost on her mind as she takes over Kelly's, Narraghmore.
    • Though he has spent half his life running what is now Britain's second largest property company, he is foremost a financier.
    • There has to be room for both the wild fish and the fish farms to survive, and it will be my task to keep that fact foremost in the mind of decision-makers.


Old English formest, fyrmest, from forma 'first' (ultimately a superlative formed from the Germanic base of fore) + -est1. Compare with first and former1. The current spelling arose by association with fore and most.

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