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fore·​most ˈfȯr-ˌmōst How to pronounce foremost (audio)
: first in a series or progression
Safety is their foremost concern.
: of first rank or position : preeminent
He is the foremost authority on the American Civil War period.


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: in the first place
: 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
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Word History


Adjective and Adverb

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

First Known Use


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


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of foremost was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Foremost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: first in time, place, or order : most important
foremost adverb

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