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first name

noun [C] uk   us  
A2 the name that was given to you when you were born and that comes before your family name: It can be rude to call people by their first name if they are much older or more important than you.on first-name terms UK ( US on a first-name basis) friendly or familiar enough with someone to call that person by their first name
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in Korean 이름…
in Arabic الاسم الأوَّل…
in Portuguese nome de batismo, prenome…
in Catalan nom de pila…
in Japanese (姓ではなく)名前…
in Italian nome…
in Chinese (Traditional) 名字…
in Russian имя…
in Turkish ilk isim…
in Chinese (Simplified) 名字…
in Polish imię…
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