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

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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

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The shipment was mailed from China to Arizona, after which the materials would be moved into Mexico and turned into fentanyl before being shipped back into the U.S. To me, this is first and foremost about public health and safety. Kelli Ward, Fortune, "I’m Running for Senate in Arizona. Here’s Why We Need a Border Wall.," 22 May 2018 But perhaps foremost among all factors is the nature of the crimes on an ex-offender’s record. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Kurtis Williams and 'a Baltimore thing'," 15 June 2018 Arab academics, foremost among them Edward Said, a Palestinian, ridiculed him as an agent of American imperialism. The Economist, "Bernard Lewis was the doyen of Orientalists," 22 May 2018 The closer relations are between Russia and America, the more arms should be reduced — first and foremost nuclear arms. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Q&A: Sanctioned Putin ally holds out hope that Trump will boost Russia ties," 10 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This sizable increase comes from, first and foremost, pushback against Trump, experts say. Li Zhou, Vox, "It’s official: a record-breaking number of women have won seats in Congress," 7 Nov. 2018 Google's new Pixel Stand is, first and foremost, a wireless charger and a good one at that. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Pixel Stand' Might Finally Make You Buy a Wireless Charger," 9 Oct. 2018 John understood that America was first and foremost, an idea. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Joe Biden Gave an Incredibly Powerful Speech at John McCain’s Memorial," 30 Aug. 2018 Step 1: Avoid the Play Store First and foremost, do not download anything from the Google Play Store or from a third-party web source. Nick Statt, The Verge, "How to install Fortnite on Android," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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

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

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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 \

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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