What does the word early mean?

Usage examples for early

  1. Did you expect it so early as this? – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  2. Very well, get ready and we shall start early in the morning. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  3. But this is getting to be quite a long talk for so early in the morning. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
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