the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"
serving to set in motion; "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage"
the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"
preceding all others in time or space or degree; "the first house on the right"; "the first day of spring"; "his first political race"; "her first baby"; "the first time"; "the first meetings of the new party"; "the first phase of his training"
the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"
indicating the beginning unit in a series
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction; "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he burned all the novels"
pleasantly new or different; "common sense of a most refreshing sort"
an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
original and of a kind not seen before; "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"