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of or pertaining to one's first, or given,
; familiar; intimate:
They were on a first-name basis soon after meeting.
verb (used with object),
to address (someone) by his or her
, especially as a sign of informality or familiarity:
The boss doesn't like the employees to first-name her.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surname
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"Passing over the earlier Continental poets, since we are bound to the pleasant archipelago of English poetry, Chaucer's is the first name after that misty weather in which Ossian lived, which can detain us long. Indeed, though he represents so different a culture and society, he may be regarded as in many respects the Homer of the English poets. Perhaps he is the youthfulest of them all. We return to him as to the purest well, the fountain farthest removed from the highway of desultory life. He is so natural and cheerful, compared with later poets, that we might almost regard him as the personification of spring.... It is still the poetry of youth and life, rather than of thought; and though the moral vein is obvious and constant, it has not yet banished the sun and daylight from his verse."
-Henry David Thoreau
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