What does the word first mean?

Usage examples for first

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