composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from ):
the first-string team.
the first-string critics.
[furst-tur-mer] /ˈfɜrstˈtɜr mər/ noun 1. a person serving his or her first term, as a member of the U.S. Congress.
- First things first
The most important task gets priority, as in I very much wanted to see that movie, but first things first—the paper’s due tomorrow. This adage was first recorded in 1545.
[furst-tahym] /ˈfɜrstˈtaɪm/ adjective 1. used, appearing, contending, etc., for the first time: a first-time candidate.
[furst-tahy-mer] /ˈfɜrstˈtaɪ mər/ noun 1. a person who does, experiences, or attends something for the first time.
noun 1. (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone. Compare (def 13). 2. the finest quality; highest rank. noun 1. the finest quality of diamond or other precious stone 2. the highest grade or best quality 3. the most extreme kind: a fool of the first water