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

Hill’s reputation was not foremost among the committee’s worries. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 As Lapham puts it, that’s because the startup is first and foremost for pets. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Eugene native is focused on improving his footwork, first and foremost. oregonlive.com, "Oregon MVP 10: Justin Herbert is No. 1," 5 July 2019 With rare exceptions—Hermès’s Véronique Nichanian comes to mind—the women making menswear at fashion’s biggest houses, from Donatella Versace to Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, are womenswear designers first and foremost. Vogue, "The Most Exciting New Menswear Designers Are… Young Women," 27 June 2019 Talk about the economy first and foremost — jobs are up, unemployment is down, et cetera. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters," 20 June 2019 First and foremost thank you MTV and thank you to the fans. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Brie Larson Won The MTV Awards When She Handed The Stage To Her Captain Marvel Stunt Doubles," 20 June 2019 Palmer emphasized that first and foremost, the parents and students should not feel guilty because of the situation. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "Springboro parent: 'I would be very happy if he was put in prison'," 19 June 2019 First and foremost, Stewart said, families want to know: ‘‘Why is this so damn hard and takes so damn long?’’ The collapse of the World Trade Center in September 2001 sent a cloud of thick dust billowing over Lower Manhattan. Matthew Daly, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Shameful.’ Emotional Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund," 11 June 2019 First and foremost, Selena Quintanilla is like my biggest inspiration because of her heart and her performance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ally Brooke's Breakthrough Was the Product of Patience and Hard Work," 3 June 2019 First and foremost is the pooping aspect, obviously. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 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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