foremost

adjective
fore·most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Hornsey was one of Uber’s foremost executives dealing with the allegations of widespread harassment and sexism that rocked the ride-hailing company for most of last year. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber senior executive resigns after racial discrimination allegations," 11 July 2018 Mr Raab’s old brief of housing is the foremost domestic issue in Britain. The Economist, "Meet Dominic Raab: the new Brexit boss," 9 July 2018 The video was produced by X’s design chief Nick Foster, who is one of the foremost leaders in exploring speculative design. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Google's Hypothetical 'Selfish Ledger' Imagines Collecting All Your Data to Push You to Change Society," 17 May 2018 The first person to publicly acknowledge this genocide was Abdias do Nascimento, considered Brazil’s foremost black thought leader. Kiratiana Freelon, The Root, "‘Genocide of Black People’: The Killing of Afro-Brazilians by Police Is an Injustice Marielle Franco Was Fighting to End," 26 Apr. 2018 Shellenberger is among the world's foremost advocates for nuclear energy, and one of the fiercest critics of renewables. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Police shooting in Sacramento heightens racial tensions," 24 Mar. 2018 The best-selling author and star of IMAX's Everest Expedition documentary has summited all 14 of the world's tallest peaks—including Everest, without oxygen—and is widely regarded as America's foremost authority on mountaineering. Nate Erickson, Esquire, "A Pro Mountain Climber Told Us He Could Climb Trump's Border Wall," 13 Mar. 2018 The 20th century’s foremost advocate for pop Satanism was Anton LaVey, who spent the 1970s drawing attention to his own unique brand of media-friendly Satan worship, focusing largely on the worthiness of hedonism. OregonLive.com, "How the 'Satanic Panic' shaped 1980s Oregon, sparking 'repressed memory' claims and murder," 13 Feb. 2018 Martin, who is Mohawk, is one of the country’s foremost curators of contemporary indigenous art. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

First and foremost, do your research on the trainer. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Did a Live Online Group Fitness Class With a Celebrity Trainer—Here’s What It Was Like," 9 July 2018 First and foremost, that calls for expanding culinary offerings beyond what is typical and basic. Bruce Ingram, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: The Harp and Fiddle in Park Ridge," 5 July 2018 First and foremost, drinking alcohol was a means of survival. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 But first and foremost, this is a story about Detroit's impact on the heart. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018 Water, water and more water First and foremost, stay hydrated. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The show must go on: 6 ways fans are beating the heat at Summerfest this weekend," 29 June 2018 Still, the overriding message of the ruling was that decisions on admission and exclusion of noncitizens were, first and foremost, matters for the executive and not the judiciary. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 2018 These were networks that, first and foremost, derived and defined their identities through a racial lens. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 To wax them: First and foremost, do not do the waxing yourself. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foremost.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

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

Adverb

see foremost entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about foremost

Statistics for foremost

Last Updated

6 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for foremost

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for foremost

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 \

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on foremost

What made you want to look up foremost? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!