first string

first string
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [furst string]
    • /fɜrst strɪŋ/
    • /fɜːst strɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst string]
    • /fɜrst strɪŋ/

Definitions of first string words

  • adjective first string composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute): the first-string team. 1
  • adjective first string foremost; main: the first-string critics. 1
  • noun first string the top player of a team in an individual sport, such as squash 0
  • adjective first string being a regular member of a team rather than a substitute or reserve 0
  • adjective first string being the top player of a team in an individual sport 0
  • adjective first string of high rating; first-class 0

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Origin of first string

First appearance:

before 1915
One of the 14% newest English words
First recorded in 1915-20

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for First string


first string popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

first string usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for first string

noun first string

  • starters — a person or thing that starts.
  • varsity — any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like: He is on the varsity in tennis and in debating.

Antonyms for first string

noun first string

  • benchwarmer — a player who is usually on the bench; reserve

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