First-fruits. n.s. [first and fruits.]
- What the season first produces or matures of any kind.
A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought
First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf. Milt. P. L.
The blooming hopes of my then very young patron have been confirmed by most noble first-fruits, and his life is going on towards a plentiful harvest of all accumulated virtues. Prior.
- The first profits of any thing.
Although the king loved to employ and advance bishops, because, having rich bishopricks, they carried their reward upon themselves; yet he did use to raise them by steps, that he might not lose the profit of the first-fruits, which by that course of gradation was multiplied. Bacon's Henry VII.
- The earliest effect of any thing.
See, Father, what first-fruits on earth are sprung,
From thy implanted grace in man! Milton's Parad. Lost.