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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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  • Why, then, are you on first-name terms with everyone in the scientific group except me?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • They had dropped formality and were on a first-name basis now.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • It seemed unlikely that necktie drummers would be on terms of first-name intimacy with Shakespeare.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • "Doan' go so fas', Hoo," called Mr. Lum, for they had long since reached the first-name stage.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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