first among equals

Definition of first among equals

  1. :  the leader of a group of people who is officially considered equal in rights and status to the other members of the group As a director, he encourages collaboration and considers himself only (the) first among equals.

Word by Word Definitions

firstplay
  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: such as

    :  earliest

    :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  before another in time, space, or importance

    :  for the first time

    :  in preference to something else :  sooner

  1. :  something that is first: such as

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

amongplay
  1. :  in or through the midst of :  surrounded by

    :  in company or association with

    :  by or through the aggregate of

equalplay equals
  1. :  of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another

    :  identical in mathematical value or logical denotation :  equivalent

    :  like in quality, nature, or status

  1. :  one that is equal

    :  an equal quantity

  1. :  to be equal to

    :  to be identical in value to

    :  equalize


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