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Etymology

English ordinal numbers
 <  0th 1st 2nd   > 
    Ordinal : first
    Cardinal : one

Old English fyrst

Pronunciation

Adjective

first (not comparable)

Positive
first

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.

Alternative forms

  • 1st, 1st; (in names of monarchs and popes) I

Translations

Noun

Singular
first

Plural
s

first (s)
  1. (uncountable) The person or thing in the first position.
  2. (uncountable) The first gear of an engine.
  3. (countable) Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.
    This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.
  4. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) first base
    There was a close play at first.
  5. (countable, UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A first-class honours degree.

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