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early bird

noun
1.
a person who rises at an early hour.
2.
a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage:
The early birds got the best seats for the play.
3.
(initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for early-bird

early bird

noun
1.
(informal) a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird

noun
1.
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

modifier

: 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+)

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