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.



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 All that movies can be Although a virtual component is impending, the museum, first and foremost, is a celebration of the big-screen experience. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2021 Your employee needs, first and foremost, open communication and trust. Kara Dennison, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The Wind was directed by Victor Sjöström, the foremost filmmaker of the Swedish silent cinema, who was lured to Hollywood to make a handful of movies, including this masterpiece. cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 One of the foremost, yet often forgotten, motivations behind streetwear is the importance of banding together around a common message and mindset. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Skimming through pages, the foremost feature of the codex, remains impossible in digital books. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2021 In the 34th episode, David hosts Edward Pinto, the nation’s foremost housing and mortgage economist. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 Certain gifts — foremost athleticism and an offensive approach — were obvious., 8 Sep. 2021 In the decades that followed, Ebony and Jet were arguably the foremost chroniclers of Black entertainers, civil rights leaders, athletes, writers and businesspeople. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb First and foremost, Mullen’s decision to retain defensive coordinator Todd Grantham even though the Gators couldn’t stop anyone last season does not look great after allowing 321 rushing yards to LSU. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, key internet infrastructure has to be assessed and made ready to handle the bandwidth spikes created by massive IoT botnets. Einaras Von Gravrock, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 First and foremost: The CDC maintains that the US has a vaccine safety system that ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible. Karen Pallarito,, 15 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, the evolution of the greatest, freest nation on earth, which went on to help others—liberating Europe from the Nazis, for example. WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Joseph LaBate, first and foremost, wants to play full time in the National Hockey League. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, aid should be used for its intended purpose of getting the city and our residents through the pandemic. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 In the United States, immigration is first and foremost a matter of caps and limits. Tanvi Misra, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, that is the most important thing is to run the system. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of foremost


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


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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“Foremost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most important



English Language Learners Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first or most important position
: at the most basic or important level


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.



Kids Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first place The park puts safety foremost.

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