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earlier (earliest)

Definition:

more early than; most early

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Similar to:

early

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • a fashion popular in earlier times
  • his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher

Synonyms:

earliest [superlative]

Etymology:

Old English ǣrlīce, from ǣrere + -līce-ly2; related to Old Norse arliga
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references

New World Dictionary:

early | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | Early | earliness [noun, related]

near the beginning of a given period of time or of a series, as of events; soon after the start | before the expected or customary time | in the far ... (29 of 84 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

earliest | early | at the earliest [sense-specific] | early days [sense-specific] | earliness [noun, derived]

[of] "early" | the soonest date or time possible for something to be done or for something to happen | See "at the earliest" | before the expected or ... (26 of 647 words, 11 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/earliest

American Heritage Dictionary:

early | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | Early | Jubal Anderson Early | earliness [noun, related]

Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events | Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time | ... (28 of 250 words, 12 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

early | earlies [plural] | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | Early | Jubal Anderson Early [sense-specific] | Jubal Early [sense-specific] | Early, Jubal Anderson [sense-specific] | Early, Jubal [sense-specific] | ...

in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.. | in the early part of the morning. | before the usual ... (30 of 215 words, 12 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/early

Cambridge Dictionary:

early | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | at the earliest | in good time [British]

near the beginning of a period of time, or before the usual, expected or planned time | Early flowers and vegetables are ones that are ready before ... (26 of 192 words, 3 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/early

Wiktionary:

earliest

superlative form of early: most "early" | superlative form of early: most "early" (12 of 15 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/earliest

Macmillan British Dictionary:

earlier [adjective]

happening before the present time or before the time you are talking about (13 of 53 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/earlier 5

earlier

at a time before the present or before the time you are talking about (14 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/earlier

Oxford Dictionary:

early | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | these are | earlies | at the earliest | early bird | the early bird catches the worm | early doors | ...

happening or done before the usual or expected time | belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period | done or occurring near the ... (24 of 472 words, 21 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/early

Wikipedia:

Early [disambiguation]

the beginning or oldest part of a defined historical period, as opposed to middle or late periods e.g., Early modern Europe | Places: In the United States: Early, Iowa | Early, Texas | Early County, Georgia | People: Gerald Early, writer, culture... (38 of 190 words, 16 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Early

Merriam-Webster:

early [entry 1, adverb] | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | rathe [archaic] | soon [synonym, sense-specific] | beforehand [synonym, sense-specific] | inopportunely [synonym, sense-specific] | precociously [synonym, sense-specific] | prematurely [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

near the beginning of a period of time ; near the beginning of a course, process, or series | before the usual or expected time ; [archaic] "soon" ; ... (28 of 170 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/early

early [entry 2, adjective] | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative] | primitive [synonym, sense-specific] | ancient [synonym, sense-specific] | primal [synonym, sense-specific] | primeval [synonym, sense-specific] | primordial [synonym, sense-specific] | late [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or occurring near the beginning of a period of time, a development, or a series ; distant in past time ; "primitive" | occurring ... (26 of 183 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/early show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

early | earlier [comparative] | earliest [superlative]

before the expected or arranged time | at or near the beginning of a period of time, process, or sequence of events | at a time when something was not ... (28 of 252 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607210​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

earlier | early

Origin: Old English ǣrlīce, from ǣrere + -līce-ly2; related to Old Norse arliga

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/earlier

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Wiktionary:

earlier

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earliest

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

earlier [adjective]

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earlier

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

earlier

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earlier [adjective]

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the Free Dictionary:

earlier

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earliest

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freedictionary.org:

Earlier

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