[fawr-mohst, -muh st, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr-/

adjective, adverb
first in place, order, rank, etc.:
the foremost surgeons.
adjective, adverb
first in time, place, rank, etc

Old English fyrmest “earliest, first, most prominent,” from Proto-Germanic *formo- (related to Old English fruma “beginning”), superlative of the root of fore + additional superlative suffix -est. Cf. -most, and cf. also Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists. Altered on the assumption that it is a compound of fore and most.
see: first and foremost


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