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early bird

a person who rises at an early hour.
a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage:
The early birds got the best seats for the play.
(initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.
Origin of early bird
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Hobbs dogged them at a safe distance while they sallied forth and in a neighboring street discovered an early-bird bakery.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for early-bird

early bird

(informal) a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird

one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the US See also Intelsat
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Slang definitions & phrases for early-bird

early bird


: an early-bird session/ early-bird radio program

noun phrase

  1. A person who habitually gets up early in the morning; one who greets the dawn • Based on the proverb ''The early bird catches the worm,'' attested fr the 1670s
  2. A person who arrives early at a gathering, the office, etc
  3. The first train, bus, airplane, etc, of the day (1883+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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