Definition of foremost adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

foremost

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BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməʊst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmoʊst//
 
 
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the most important or famous; in a position at the front the world’s foremost authority on the subject The Prime Minister was foremost among those who condemned the violence. This question has been foremost in our minds recently. Word Origin Old English formest, fyrmest, from forma ‘first’ (ultimately a superlative formed from the Germanic base of fore) + -est. Compare with first and former. The current spelling arose by association with fore and most.Extra examples I’d like to introduce you to the world’s foremost authority on the subject. The President was foremost among those who condemned the violence. the world’s foremost authority on/​expert on/​exponent of something
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