American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A given name or the name that occurs first in a given name.
- n. The first element of a full name.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. same as Christian name. See under Name, n.
- n. the name that precedes the surname
“The contemplative young man was a distant connection of the Teller, and his first name being Quincy, was commonly called Quee.”
“Equating the two is like accusing Joe the Plumber of being a murderous dictator because he shares a first name with Joseph Stalin, or claiming that Joseph Stalin must be a brilliant writer due to the skill of Joseph Conrad.”
“Berham, a Kurdish worker from Kamishli who would only give his first name out of fear of government retaliation, said both sides of the divide are exploiting the situation.”
“Larry Bowa, to shortstop rival Davey Concepcion: “Is your first name Elmer?””
“My answer was simple: “Would I want to be tested by someone who has an adjective as their first name or by an accredited professor like Dr. Gary Schwartz ... like I do?””
“He called her "Sachs" most of the time; using her first name now was like a slap in the face.”
“His first name is Joel, as in the Bible, Mr. Gaite tells me.”
“See, I told myself — walking over to Kepler's Quark and giving my first name to a waitress with chopped-off hair and a waitress uniform that probably wasn't a uniform — things are looking up already.”
“Under questioning by Andrew Northrup, Weaver said she remembered Aloysius from a keyboarding class because his first name was so unusual.”
“Since it had to be so, let us be thankful that it was Vespucci's first name which was selected, and not his last one.”
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