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Definition of earliest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

earliest

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɜːliɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrliɪst//
 
[singular] the earliest
 
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the time before which something cannot happen The earliest we can finish is next Friday. We can't finish before next Friday at the earliest.Extra examples The earliest mention of the village is in a 16th-century manuscript. The earliest possible date I can make is the third. my earliest memories
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