Synonyms of first in English:

first


See definition of first

adjective

1‘the first chapter of Genesis’

SYNONYMS

earliest, initial, opening, introductory, original

ANTONYMS

last, closing

2‘the management decided to start from first principles’

SYNONYMS

fundamental, basic, rudimentary, primary, beginning, elemental, underlying, basal, foundation

key, cardinal, central, chief, vital, essential

ANTONYMS

developed

3‘his first priority would be law and order’

SYNONYMS

foremost, principal, highest, greatest, paramount, top, topmost, utmost, uppermost, prime, chief, leading, main, major

pre-eminent, overriding, outstanding, Supreme, premier, predominant, prevailing, most important, of greatest importance, of prime importance

vital, key, essential, crucial, central, core, focal, pivotal, dominant

ruling, head

informal number-one

ANTONYMS

last

4‘he is hoping to win the £3,000 first prize’

SYNONYMS

top, best, prime, premier, superlative

winner's, winning, champion


adverb

1‘they went back to the room they had first entered’

SYNONYMS

at first, to begin with, at the beginning, at the start, first of all, at the outset, initially

2‘she would eat first, she decided’

SYNONYMS

before anything else, first and foremost, firstly, in the first place

without further ado, now

ANTONYMS

last

3‘she longed to go abroad, but not at this man's expense—she'd die first!’

SYNONYMS

in preference, more willingly, sooner, rather


noun

1‘from the first, surrealism was theatrical’

SYNONYMS

the beginning, the very beginning, the start, the outset, the commencement

informal the word go, square one, the off

ANTONYMS

the end

2‘we travelled by air, a first for both of us’

SYNONYMS

novelty, new experience, first experience, first occurrence, unusual event

informal a turn-up for the books