Definition of first name in US English:

first name

noun

  • A personal name given to someone at birth or baptism and used before a family name.

    • ‘His first name was originally William, but he adopted ‘Walt’ in about 1900.’
    • ‘He might have seized power in a military coup and immediately cancelled elections, but hey, he's a first-name kind of guy.’
    • ‘In 1959 he converted to Roman Catholicism and adopted the first name Léonard in recognition of his admiration for Leonardo da Vinci.’
    • ‘She refers to her friend by her first name only.’
    • ‘My first name is Roland.’
    forename, christian name, given name, baptismal name
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Phrases

  • on a first-name basis

    • Having a friendly and informal relationship.

      ‘an amateur ecologist who is on a first-name basis with most reptiles’
      • ‘Nothing has a fixed price - their customers make whatever donation they can afford - and the women seem to be on first-name terms with everybody.’
      • ‘Nowadays he is on first-name terms with at least half of his audience.’
      • ‘One distinguished editor, who was on first-name terms with a minister, found an unusual way out of this predicament.’
      • ‘We are on first-name terms with many of the staff, who have been great and there are some really big personalities among them.’
      • ‘I marvelled as he name-checked the celebrities with whom he was on first-name terms.’
      • ‘Tracey is on first-name terms with every Republican senator.’
      • ‘I find it so much more pleasant to work with people on first-name terms.’
      • ‘‘I know all of my customers on first-name terms,’ says Jacobs.’
      • ‘Back then it was just a few hundred ladies and we were practically on first-name terms.’
      • ‘He is on first-name terms with every national newspaper editor, goes on holiday with the present editor of The Sun, and counts television executives and celebrities among his impeccable social contacts.’

Pronunciation

first name

/ˈfərs(t) ˈˌnām//ˈfərs(t) ˈˌneɪm/