|1.||a. coming before all others; earliest, best, or foremost|
|b. (as noun): I was the first to arrive|
|2.||preceding all others in numbering or counting order; the ordinal number of one. Often written: 1st|
|3.||rated, graded, or ranked above all other levels|
|4.||denoting the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle|
|a. denoting the highest part assigned to one of the voice parts in a chorus or one of the sections of an orchestra: first soprano; the first violins|
|b. denoting the principal player in a specific orchestral section: he plays first horn|
|6.||first thing as the first action of the day: I'll see you first thing tomorrow|
|7.||first things first things must be done in order of priority|
|8.||(in negative constructions) the first thing even one thing: he doesn't know the first thing about me|
|9.||the beginning; outset: I knew you were a rogue from the first; I couldn't see at first because of the mist|
|10.||chiefly (Brit) education Full term: first-class honours degree an honours degree of the highest class|
|11.||something which has not occurred before: a first for the company|
|12.||the lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle; low gear|
|a. the highest part in a particular section of a chorus or orchestra|
|b. the instrument or voice taking such a part|
|c. the chief or leading player in a section of an orchestra; principal|
|14.||music a rare word for prime|
|15.||before anything else in order, time, preference, importance, etc: do this first; first, remove the head and tail of the fish|
|16.||first and last on the whole; overall|
|17.||from first to last throughout|
|18.||for the first time: I've loved you since I first saw you|
|19.||(sentence modifier) in the first place or beginning of a series of actions: first I want to talk about criminality|
|[Old English fyrest; related to Old Saxon furist, Old Norse fyrstr, German Fürst prince, one who is first in rank]|
Coming before all others in order or location.
Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest.
Being the innermost digit, especially on a foot.
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first and last
Under all circumstances, always, as in She was an artist first and last. (For a synonym, see above all.) This expression, first recorded in 1589, should not be confused with the similar-sounding from first to last, which means "from start to finish" or "throughout," as in We cheered them on from first to last.