Bedeutung von “early” im Essential American English Dictionary

early

adjective, adverb us /ˈɜr·li/ comparative earlier, superlative earliest

A1 near the beginning of a period of time, process, etc.:

the early 1980s

A2 before the usual time or the time that was planned:

The plane arrived ten minutes early.
early on

in the first stage or part of something:

I lost interest reallyearly on in the book.

(Definition von “early” aus dem Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)