First. adj. [ꝼıꞃꞅꞇ, Saxon.]
- The ordinal of one; that which is in order before any other.
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
— A third is like the former. Shakespeare's Macbeth.
In the six hundreth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth. Gen. viii. 13.
Arms and the man I sing, the first who bore
His course to Latium from the Trojan shore. Æn.
- Earliest in time.
The first covenant had also ordinances of divine service. Heb. ix. i.
I find, quoth Mat, reproof is vain!
Who first offend, will first complain. Prior.
- Highest in dignity.
Three presidents, of whom Daniel was first. Dan.
First with the dogs, and king among the squires. Spect.
- Great; excellent.
My first son,
Where will you go? Take good Cominius
With thee. Shakespeare's Coriolanus.