How to use
the first person to do something, or the first thing to happen
There are now many similar housing projects but this was the first.
We hope this year's festival will be
the first of many
the first to do something
I always thought my sister would be the first to get married.
James was the first to arrive.
the first I knew/heard
used when you have just discovered something that other people already know, and you are slightly annoyed
The first I knew he was in York was when I got an email from him.
the first I knew/heard of/about
The first I knew about it was when Tony called me.
used after the name of a king, queen, or Pope when other later ones have the same name
Queen Elizabeth the First
written as Queen Elizabeth I
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
Dictionary results for "first"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.
Explore our topic dictionary
Advertising and Marketing
Illness and Disability
Browse the dictionary
first aid kit
First Amendment, the
Copyright and legal