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Definition: First fruits
(f[~e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin
to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f["o]rste, OHG. furist, G.
f["u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See
, and cf. Formeer
1. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of
one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first
year of a reign.
2. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.
3. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest;
as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.
At first blush
. See under Blush
At first hand
, from the first or original source; without
the intervention of any agent.
It is the intention of the person to reveal it at
first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. --Dickens.
(Plastering), the solid foundation of coarse
stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and
crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next
, Sunday; -- so called by the Friends.
(a) The ground floor. [U.S.]
(b) The floor next above the ground floor. [Eng.]
or First fruits
(a) The fruits of the season earliest gathered.
(b) (Feudal Law) One year's profits of lands belonging to
the king on the death of a tenant who held directly
(c) (Eng. Eccl. Law) The first year's whole profits of a
benefice or spiritual living.
(d) The earliest effects or results.
See, Father, what first fruits on earth are
From thy implanted grace in man! --Milton.
, an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to
, same as Christian name
. See under Name
(Naut.), in the merchant service, same as
(Mil.), the ranking non-commissioned officer
in a company; the orderly sergeant. --Farrow.
(Naut.), the watch from eight to twelve at
midnight; also, the men on duty during that time.
, the highest quality or purest luster; -- said
of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.
Syn: Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine;
highest; chief; principal; foremost.