Meaning of “first” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun, pronoun us uk /ˈfɜːst/
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.

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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)