first·​ly ˈfərst-lē How to pronounce firstly (audio)
: in the first place : first

Example Sentences

firstly, gather all the ingredients together
Recent Examples on the Web Their goal, ultimately, is to ensure that the country can distribute completely protective masks to every essential worker, which is firstly a problem of design and secondly a problem of logistics. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 Having headed the bar team since 2016, the dynamic duo placed Scarfes Bar on the map, firstly for creative cocktails that earned Scarfes the Best International Hotel Bar at the 2020 Spirits Awards and number 31 on the top 500 bars list of 2021. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Trading in more than 60 countries, Oilmar performs an essential role for the maritime shipping industry, firstly by aggregation of volumes and having the last mile reach marine suppliers. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Answering that question firstly requires an assessment of the damage sustained by the aircraft. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 Here, firstly, is how Netflix’s official summary describes this new series. Andy Meek, BGR, 12 Apr. 2022 This project was firstly an acceleration of what was meant to be a 2020 review of the digital economy, part of this shortly to become the digitalization of the economy and to broaden it out from simply one sub-sector. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 But the other thing is that governments have been firstly more focused on revenue as revenue needs have increased. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Zegna’s global mission is deeply rooted in the pioneering vision of the founder Ermenegildo, who firstly understood the importance to develop the brand, respecting nature and enhancing sustainable projects. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firstly was in the 15th century

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“Firstly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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first·​ly ˈfərst-lē How to pronounce firstly (audio)
: in the first place

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