In the earliest episodes of True Detective, Pizzolatto established a clear dichotomy.
The calamity that President Obama confronts is still in its earliest stages.
It is sometimes said that the earliest forks were all two-pronged.
Old English ærlic "early," from ær "soon, ere" (see ere) + -lice, adverbial suffix (see -ly (2)). Cf. Old Norse arliga "early." The early bird of the proverb is from 1670s. Related: Earlier; earliest.