number one

noun

Definition of number one

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one's own interests or welfare : oneself looking out for number one often written No. 1
2 : one that is first in rank, importance, or influence often written No. 1

number one

adjective

Definition of number one (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : first in rank, importance, or influence : foremost cancer is the country's number one killer often written No. 1
2 : of highest or of high quality

Examples of number one in a Sentence

Noun Who's number one in this office? Getting the car fixed is number one on my list of priorities. I'll tell you why we can't go on a vacation: number one, we can't afford it, and number two, we'll miss my sister's party. Her movie is currently number one at the box office. When the goal was scored, the fans started to chant, “We're number one, we're number one.” I've been taking care of other people for too long. It's time for me to take care of number one. Adjective The book is the company's number one seller. Rule number one is don't get caught! He's public enemy number one: the nation's most wanted criminal. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Within hours of its debut Friday, Un Verano Sin Ti shot to number one on Spotify and Apple Music. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2022 The number one source of the best hires is employee referrals. Quora, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The arts alliance boasts that Dreamscapes is Salt Lake County’s number one partner in recycling. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 May 2022 The trial had heard details of Becker’s career and how the former world number one, who won the Wimbledon championship three times, lost his fortune following his retirement. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Meredith Blake is by and large number one, but Lisa Luder has her moments. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 Brian kemp has been made public enemy number one by Donald Trump. ABC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Several years ago, the Federal Trade Commission identified the area of greenwashing and green products as the number one source of consumer misinformation. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 In Wyoming, the primary challenger to Congresswoman Liz Cheney—seemingly Trump’s number one target to remove from office this cycle—is using National Public Affairs LLC, a firm made up of the top advisers of Trump’s erstwhile presidential campaign. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of number one

Noun

circa 1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Number one.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/number%20one. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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