Bedeutung von “early” im Essential English Dictionary

early

adjective, adverb uk /ˈɜːli/ earlier, 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 quite early on in the book.

(Definition von “early” aus dem Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)