first and foremost

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of first and foremost

: at the most basic level
  • He is first and foremost a teacher.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : earliest

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

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

  2. : in the first place

  3. : for the first time

  1. : one that is number one in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : something that is first: such as

  3. : the first occurrence or item of a kind

foremost play
  1. : first in a series or progression

  2. : of first rank or position : preeminent

  1. : in the first place

  2. : most importantly


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