early bird


Definition of early bird

1 : an early riser
2 : one that arrives early and especially before possible competitors

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But for the budget-minded, the restaurant offers early birds (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) a three-course menu for $37 ($55 with drink pairings). Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 Brody Jenner View this post on Instagram Clint and I out for the early bird special at Golden Corral. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Thanks to FaceApp, These Celebrities Aged Overnight," 17 July 2019 Instead of being exemplars of how early birds evolved flight, iconic species such as Archaeopteryx and Microraptor may represent multiple origins of aerodynamic skills like fluttering or gliding. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Discovery of Raptor-Like Dinosaur Adds a New Wrinkle to the Origin of Birds," 11 July 2019 As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm — or in this case, the chance to play bass with the Killers in front of 23,000 people. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best and worst of Summerfest 2019 in Milwaukee, from Billie Eilish to Jennifer Lopez," 8 July 2019 The early birds also had first crack at the silent auction full of items not usually found at other auctions, such as an architectural rendering of one’s home. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Historical society marks 40th during annual gala," 2 July 2019 Catering to an active adult mindset means offering more than early bird specials. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Resort amenities, larger living space, aging in place services cater to seniors at The Palazzo in Phoenix," 15 June 2019 Your late sleeper becomes an early bird, your independent preschooler develops separation anxiety. Carrie Melago, Washington Post, "The unique horror of trimming a newborn’s nails (and the lesson it taught me about parenting)," 31 July 2019 Discounted early bird tickets are usually available until one month prior to performances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "ArtPower to offer eclectic, globe-trotting 2019-20 season at UCSD," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of early bird

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for early bird

from the proverb, "the early bird catches the worm"

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