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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FIRST

He spent such an evening there at the end of their first month in New York.

Maidens of the first families were selected to embroider the sacred peplus.

From the first moment you spoke, I have felt this mysterious power.

But the first words he uttered showed a total unconsciousness of past events.

Yes, dearest Philothea; but not till she had first told me of her own marriage with Geta.

"He'd better improve his whiskers first thing he does," suggested Percival.

Milza was the first to observe that her absence was unusually protracted.

Why, of course not, Uncle Peter; only I had to look around some at first,—for a year or so.

"Taken the first step toward a good dinner," said the other, coolly.

I would have spoken about it at first, but then I had no money, and didn't know when I should have any.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fyrst "foremost," superlative of fore; from Proto-Germanic *furisto- (cf. 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"), superlative of *fur-/*for-, from PIE root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).

First-class (adj.) is from 1837; first-rate (1660s) is from classes of warships in the British navy. First aid is that given at the scene, pending the arrival of a doctor.

First Lady as an informal title for the wife of a U.S. president was in use by 1908, short for First lady of the land (by 1863 with reference to the president's wife). First name is attested from mid-13c.; first-born is from mid-14c. First base "a start" (1938) is a figurative use from the game of baseball.

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