, a. [Compar. Earlier (r"l*r); superl. Earliest.] [OE. earlich. 204. See Early, adv.] 1. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
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Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
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The doorsteps and threshold with the early grass springing up about them.
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2. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
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Seen in life's early morning sky.
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The forms of its earlier manhood.
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The earliest poem he composed was in his seventeenth summer.
J. C. Shairp.
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Early English (Philol.) See the Note under English. -- Early English architecture, the first of the pointed or Gothic styles used in England, succeeding the Norman style in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Syn. -- Forward; timely; not late; seasonable.
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