- Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign.
- Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
- Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.synonyms: Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine; highest; chief; principal; foremost.
Etymology: OE. first furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. förste, OHG. furist, G. fürst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for fore. See For Fore, and cf. Formeer Foremost