American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. First in time or place.
- adj. Ahead of all others, especially in position or rank; paramount. See Synonyms at chief.
- adv. In the front or first position.
- adv. So as to be most important.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- First in place, time, quality, station, honor, or dignity.
- adj. first, either in time or in space
- adj. of a higher rank or position; paramount
- adj. nautical closest to the bow
- adv. in front
- adv. prominently forward
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. First in time or place; most advanced; chief in rank or dignity.
- adv. before anything else
- adv. prominently forward
- adj. situated closest to the bow
- adj. preceding all others in spatial position
- adj. ranking above all others
- From Old English formest, fyrmest ("earliest, first, most prominent"), from the Proto-Germanic superlative *formo- (related to Old English fruma ("beginning")), with the additional superlative suffix -est. Compare Old Saxon formo ("first"), Old High German fruma ("advantage"), cf. Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists; compare also Latin prīmus as an Indo-European cognate. Corresponds to fore + -most. See also first. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Middle English formest, first, from Old English; see per1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Words used in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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