Meaning of “first” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun, pronoun us uk /ˈfɜːst/
Extra Examples
I thought the second session was better than the first.The second course was even worse than the first.This is the first in the series.I was the first to arrive.She was the first to speak.
the first

B1 the first person, people, thing, or things:

Hillary and Norgay were the first to climb Everest.
I enjoyed his second novel more than the first.
be a first

to be something that has never happened before:

Man walking on the moon was a first in space history.

[ C ] the highest exam result that you can achieve at the end of a university course in the UK

(Definition of “first noun, pronoun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)