first 英 [fɜ:st] 美 [fɜrst]
adv. 第一；首先；优先；宁愿 n. 第一；开始；冠军 adj. 第一的；基本的；最早的
- First is number one, prior to, or before. First comes first, then comes everything else. It's always good to be first in line or in first class. Who wants to be second? Or worse — last?
- adv. 第一；首先；优先；宁愿
- n. 第一；开始；冠军
- adj. 第一的；基本的；最早的
- num. 第一
1. his first wife
2. When did you first meet him?
3. Your first duty is to your family.
4. She was the first to arrive.
5. ‘Do you want a drink?’ ‘I'll finish my work first.’
- first (adj., adv.) Old English fyrst "foremost, going before all others; chief, principal," also (though rarely) as an adverb, "at first, originally," superlative of fore; from Proto-Germanic *furista- "foremost" (source also of Old Saxon fuirst "first," Old High German furist, Old Norse fyrstr, Danish første, Old Frisian ferist, Middle Dutch vorste "prince," Dutch vorst "first," German Fürst "prince"), from PIE *pre-isto-, superlative of *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward," hence "in front of, before, first, chief."
- first (n.) 1560s, "that which is first," from first (adj.). Meaning "first day of the month" is by 1590s. In music, "instrument or voice that takes the highest or chief part of its class," 1774. From 1909 as the name of the lowest gear in an engine. In British schools colloquial use, "highest rank in an examination," 1850.