foremost

adjective
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.

foremost

adverb

Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

The Russian church has decried the decision by Orthodoxy’s foremost leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, to grant Ukraine its own church for causing a rift in the second-largest Christian denomination. James Marson, WSJ, "Ukraine Creates ‘a Church Without Putin’," 15 Dec. 2018 Once the summit takes place, however, there are many other potential benefits from a North Korean perspective, experts said, first and foremost of which is the safety of the regime. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Why meeting a US President is the ultimate aim of the Kim family," 4 June 2018 Within the Bay Area, housing for employees has become a foremost concern for companies like Google. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Google’s Bay Area real estate empire equivalent to 14 Salesforce towers," 24 Feb. 2018 Certainly, one of the foremost in this field is Madam C. J. Walker, a beauty entrepreneur in the late 19th century who built an immensely successful Black hair care company. Amira Rasool, Time, "How Black Women Have Influenced American Style and Beauty," 10 Apr. 2018 My sense of loss for the victims and my families and my friends was foremost in my mind. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Barbara Lee is a progressive icon in the House — and she’s about to join Democratic leadership," 5 Dec. 2018 Nine years ago, these questions were foremost in debates about new technology, as Apple was preparing to introduce its first iPad and rival companies were rushing to beat it to the punch. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 Despite shaky evidence for the claim, Krauthammer was foremost among pundits who took up the president's cause, excoriating anyone who opposed it or hesitated, including the Swedish weapons inspector Hans Blix and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Adam Bernstein, latimes.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 Despite shaky evidence for the claim, Krauthammer was foremost among pundits who took up the president’s cause, excoriating anyone who opposed it or hesitated, from the Swedish weapons inspector Hans Blix to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

First and foremost, my sincere apologies for not using your proper royal title. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 Now, these partnerships are first and foremost a canny business move. Glamour, "At Long Last, Fashion Is Making Cool Merch for Fandoms," 19 Apr. 2019 Movie studios have always been companies that, first and foremost, release their content into movie theaters. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "The Oscar Favorite That Created an Existential Crisis in Hollywood," 22 Feb. 2019 This is probably why Gunn was the first to admit under pressure that the jokes were, first and foremost, really bad. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 First and foremost, consider the iconic Merrion Hotel Dublin (a favorite of everyone from President Barack Obama to Rihanna), which currently offers a dedicated vegan menu option at its Garden Room restaurant. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Meet intuitive eating, the idea of ditching diet culture and getting in touch with your body first and foremost before making decisions about food. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Intuitive Eating? How to Eat Better Without Dieting, According to Nutritionists," 6 Mar. 2019 The most important thing to treat first and foremost is your diet. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here's How to Tell If You Have Binge Eating Disorder," 8 Feb. 2019 Your attire, first and foremost, should be comfortable, says Opielowski. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of foremost

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most important

foremost

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first or most important position
: at the most basic or important level

foremost

adjective
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.

foremost

adverb

Kids Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first place The park puts safety foremost.

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