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 Louisiana, which failed to suspend the annual Mardi Gras festival this year, is one of the foremost hot spots for the coronavirus on the planet. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Mutant Liberalism," 14 May 2020 Little Richard, one of the foremost originators of rock and roll whose ecstatic, flamboyant performance style single-handedly paved the way for generations of popular music entertainers, died on Saturday. Jonathan Bernstein, EW.com, "Rock and roll pioneer Little Richard dies at 87," 9 May 2020 With the lives of Americans in the balance, Trump's own standing is foremost in his mind. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "We can't trust Trump to handle the coronavirus crisis," 27 Feb. 2020 Wine grapes are foremost among Umbria's many treasures: grechetto; the luxurious white grape trebbiano spoletino; and Italy's ubiquitous sangiovese. Saveur, "Menu: Dinner in Umbria," 12 Nov. 2014 While winning was foremost on her mind, Pierce said the game also helped the Lady Longhorns in a routine. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Girls’ basketball: George Ranch races past Dawson in seeding game," 14 Feb. 2020 Servigne is foremost among a young generation of thinkers, scientists, and activists who call themselves, not without a hint of irony, collapsologues. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 As Thomas fans out across the neighborhood with hammer and nails, King's legacy of peace and racial and social justice will be foremost in his mind. CBS News, "U.S. marking MLK Day as fears of deep racial divisions roil the nation," 19 Jan. 2020 As Thomas works in the neighborhood with hammer and nails, King’s legacy of peace and racial and social justice will be foremost in his mind. Corey Williams, SFChronicle.com, "US marks King holiday amid fears of deep racial divisions," 19 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The pandemic started in military camps first and foremost. Adriana Usero, BostonGlobe.com, "Reopening too soon? Lessons from the deadly second wave of the 1918 pandemic," 24 May 2020 Owner Louis Barrios stressed that La Hacienda is first and foremost a family restaurant. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Live music slowly coming back to life in San Antonio as some COVID-19 restrictions are lifted," 19 May 2020 First and foremost, Turtle sounds exactly like McCartney and appears to be the same height as the singer and actor. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer final 3 predictions: Who's under Turtle, Frog, and Night Angel masks, and who will win," 15 May 2020 The virus and the pandemic have illustrated some real issues with a very patriarchal, top-down healthcare system that doesn’t always have the well-being of women first and foremost. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "The challenges of supporting pregnant women during Covid-19, from a midwife," 30 Apr. 2020 The rest of us will have to contend with a ruinous recession defined first and foremost by mass unemployment, and the potential wide-scale disappearance of independent businesses. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "America’s Post-Pandemic Monoculture," 27 Apr. 2020 Attorneys on the other side of the aisle, who are hoping religious freedoms are protected first and foremost, have a different view. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "60 Years Later, The War Against Birth Control Rages On," 6 May 2020 First and foremost, that’s what makes this so devastating. USA TODAY, "'Lost everything I worked for': Seniors vying for NCAA scholarships devastated after spring sports canceled," 3 May 2020 Reba McEntire is a singer first and foremost, but in the early 2000s, the country icon tested out her acting chops with her sitcom, Reba. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Shared a Nostalgic Throwback From Her ‘Reba’ Days and Now We're Ready for a Show Reunion," 3 May 2020

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

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foremost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foremost. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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foremost

adjective
How to pronounce foremost (audio)

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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