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first name

Origin of first name
1200-50; Middle English


[adj. furst-neym; v. furst-neym] /adj. ˈfɜrstˌneɪm; v. ˈfɜrstˈneɪm/
of or relating to one's first, or given, name; familiar; intimate:
They were on a first-name basis soon after meeting.
verb (used with object), first-named, first-naming.
to address (someone) by his or her first name, especially as a sign of informality or familiarity:
The boss doesn't like the employees to first-name her. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He gets his first name because he likes to climb rocks.
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  • Peculiar though her first name may be, her surname indicates to her countrymen that she was born to the media purple.
  • Moreover, to the immediate family a member's first name is of particular importance, since the last name is common to all.
  • She allows students to call her by her first name to show them she is not above learning new techniques.
  • If she ever had a first name, nobody knows what it was.
British Dictionary definitions for first name

first name

a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surname Also called Christian name, forename, given name
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