fore·​most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst How to pronounce foremost (audio) \

Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : first in a series or progression Safety is their foremost concern.
2 : of first rank or position : preeminent He is the foremost authority on the American Civil War period.



Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in the first place
2 : most importantly first and foremost

Examples of foremost in a Sentence

Adjective Albert Einstein is regarded by many as the foremost figure of the 20th century. wanted to speak to the foremost supervisor in our department
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dagan thought the spirit, first and foremost, is the people. CBS News, 4 May 2022 Think, first and foremost, of what spring represents. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 24 Apr. 2022 What’s more, a dietitian’s ire is often reserved first and foremost for cheap nonnutritious foods. Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Of course, the salon was designed first and foremost to cater to Rona's canine clients. Maggie Shannon, Allure, 13 Apr. 2022 The Kardashians indeed promises to zero in on the working lives of the clan — first and foremost Kim, who recently said women don’t want to work these days. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 The first and foremost consideration for any kids’ immunization has to be safety, experts told me. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 The encounter set Shabazz, who is now 61, on a path to become the foremost photographic chronicler of New York hip-hop culture in the 1980s. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 This year’s Power of Law honoree will be Mathew Rosengart, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, one of the nation’s foremost litigators, who is being recognized for his distinguished career and philanthropic endeavors. William Earl, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Plus Swifties by way of Joe Alwyn, a respected and talented actor who, nevertheless, must be identified first and foremost as Taylor Swift’s Boyfriend. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 15 May 2022 First and foremost, tech stocks have been hammered by a slew of macroeconomic headwinds—the war in Ukraine, COVID-19 lockdowns in China, snarled supply chains, sky-high inflation, slowing economic growth, and the list goes on. Will Daniel, Fortune, 14 May 2022 As emphasized by Nogueira, Hydrabeam is—first and foremost—exceptionally hydrating, with ingredients like squalene, glycerin, and tomato extract making for a smoother, plumper complexion, while also keeping the under-eye area luminous for longer. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 12 May 2022 First and foremost, clean the wound when the injury happens. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 First and foremost, Hawley’s bill has serious constitutional issues. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 May 2022 Florals just make sense for most warm-weather occasions — first and foremost being weddings. Alex Warner,, 7 May 2022 During recent visits to Moscow and Kyiv, Guterres reached an agreement with Putin and Zelenskyy for the evacuation of civilians, first and foremost from Mariupol and the Azovstal steel plant. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 May 2022 But this universe was built upon character first, and these are all character explorations first and foremost. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foremost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foremost

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English formest, from Old English, superlative of forma first; akin to Old High German fruma advantage, Old English fore fore

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“Foremost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for foremost


fore·​most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst How to pronounce foremost (audio) \

Kids Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: first in time, place, or order : most important My foremost thought was to get safely to shore.



Kids Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first place The park puts safety foremost.

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