Meaning of “early bird” in the English Dictionary

"early bird" in English

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early birdnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɜː.li ˌbɜːd/ us /ˈɝː.li ˌbɝːd/ humorous

Examples from literature

  • The early birds awoke at four o'clock, and I was one of their number. 
  • The only real disadvantage was the noise made by early risers in the morning, convincing us more than ever of the essential selfishness of the early bird. 
  • We farmers are early birds, you know. 
  • What early birds the people are here. 
  • You are an early bird! 

(Definition of “early bird” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"early bird" in American English

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early birdnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɜr·li ˌbɜrd/

a person who gets up or arrives early

(Definition of “early bird” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"early-bird" in Business English

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early-birdadjective [ before noun ]

uk us

available early in the day:

They rose at 4 a.m. Tuesday to catch an early-bird flight to San Francisco.
early-bird special/discount/rate The store's early-bird special was 50% off everything until 11 a.m.

used to describe a person who does something early in the day, especially in order to get an advantage such as a cheaper price:

early-bird investor/shopper

(Definition of “early-bird” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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