Part of speech: adjective

Before all others; earliest; nearest; leading; chief; best.

Part of speech: noun

That which is first.

Part of speech: adverb

In the first place; earlier; rather; sooner.

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Usage examples "first":

  1. " I knew my father first. - "Parables Of A Province", Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 13, 2009.
  2. It is not the first time I have done so." - "Daisy Burns (Volume 2)", Julia Kavanagh.
  3. Why do I first hear of it to- day? - "The Children of the World", Paul Heyse.