Definition of first determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



     determiner,ordinal number
    determiner, ordinal number
    BrE BrE//fɜːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɜːrst//
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  1. 1  happening or coming before all other similar things or people; 1st his first wife the first turning on the right It was the first time they had ever met. I didn't take the first bus. students in their first year at college your first impressions She resolved to do it at the first (= earliest) opportunity. King Edward I (= pronounced ‘King Edward the First’) the first of May/May 1st His second book is better than his first.
  2. 2  the most important or best Your first duty is to your family. She won first prize in the competition. an issue of the first importance
  3. Word OriginOld English fyr(e)st; of Germanic origin, related to Old Norse fyrstr and German Fürst ‘prince’, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit prathama, Latin primus, and Greek prōtos.Extra examples First impressions can be misleading. I didn’t take the first bus. If he wants to see me, he should make the first move. Local voters gave Steven Hughes first preference. My first impulse was to run away. She resolved to do it at the first opportunity. She’s in her first year at college This is an issue of the first importance. We’re having chicken for the first course. When the first settlers moved into the area they faced immense hardship. You can have first choice of all the rooms.Idioms Most idioms containing first are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example on first acquaintance is at acquaintance.
    there’s a first time for everything
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    (saying, humorous) the fact that something has not happened before does not mean that it will never happen
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