Translation of "first" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /fɜːst/ us /fɜrst/

A1 coming before all others

Ken was the first person to arrive.

A2 most important

Sheila won first prize in the photo competition.
adverb uk /fɜːst/ us /fɜrst/

A1 before everything or everyone else

en primer lugar
Jason came first in the race (= he won).

B1 for the first time

por primera vez
I first met him last year.
at first

B1 at the beginning of a situation or period of time

al principio
I didn’t like her at first, but now we are friends.
first of all also first off

B1 before doing anything else

en primer lugar
First of all, I’d like to ask you a few questions.
noun, pronoun uk /fɜːst/ us /fɜrst/
the first

B1 the first person or thing

el primero
I liked the second movie more than the first.
I was the first to arrive.

(Translation of “first” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


adjective, adverb /fəːst/

before all others in place, time or rank

I was the first person to arrive
The boy spoke first.
firstly adverb

in the first place

en primer lugar
I have three reasons for not going – firstly, it’s cold, secondly, I’m tired, and thirdly, I don’t want to!
first aid noun

treatment of a wounded or sick person before the doctor’s arrival

primeros auxilios
We should all learn first aid
(also adjective) first-aid treatment.
first-born noun

one’s oldest child

Daniel was our first-born
(also adjective) Their first-born child was Rosa.
first-class adjective

of the best quality

de primera clase
a first-class hotel.

very good

de primera calidad, excelente
This food is first-class!

(for) travelling in the best and most expensive part of the train, plane, ship etc

de primera clase
a first-class passenger ticket
(also adverb) She always travels first-class.
first floor noun

(British ) the floor of a building that is the next one above the floor that is at the same level as the ground outside; second floor(American)

primer piso
Our flat is on the first floor.

(American ) the floor of a building that is on the same level as the ground outside the building; ground floor(British)

planta baja
Her apartment is on the first floor.
first-hand adjective, adverb

(of a story, description etc) obtained directly, not through various other people

directo, personal; directamente, personalmente; de primera mano
a first-hand account
I heard the story first-hand.
first language noun

the language that you learn to speak first when you are a child

lengua materna
Her first language is Spanish.
first name noun

the name that you are given when you are born and whoch comes before your family name

nombre, nombre de pila
Her first name is Doris.
first-rate adjective

of the best quality

She is a first-rate architect.
at first

at the beginning

al principio
At first I didn’t like him.
at first hand

obtained etc directly

de primera mano
I was able to acquire the information at first hand.
first and foremost

first of all

antes que nada
First and foremost, we have to decide who will be the captain of the team.
first of all

to begin with; the most important thing is

en primer lugar
First of all, let’s clear up the mess
First of all, the scheme is impossiblesecondly, we can’t afford it.

(Translation of “first” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)