IPA: ˈɝɫi


  • (informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.
  • A surname.


  • At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
  • Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
  • Near the start or beginning.
  • Near the start of the day.
  • Having begun to occur; in its early stages.
  • (astronomy) Of a star or class of stars, hotter than the sun.


  • At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
  • Soon; in good time; seasonably.

Examples of "early" in Sentences

  • Flowering begins early in the life of the tree.
  • Flowering begins very early in the life of the tree.
  • In the early 1960s the couple found a new avocation.
  • Her first fiance was murdered in the early eighties.
  • We will have to be cautious in the early days of the new process.
  • In the early years, the new Fellows were members of the Institute.
  • The ram has been the symbol of the brewery since the early beginning.
  • The Fellowship of the New Life disbanded sometime in the early 1890s.
  • The official opening of the new building was formalized in early 1931.
  • In the premier season of 1936, superlatives came early for the new team.
  • Mike Farrell, the actor and dedicated humanitarian activist, added his name early on.
  • Twice in the past year, Mr. Papandreou has flirted with ending his term early because of public discontent with his austerity policies.
  • The term early menopause also refers to women who experience menopause naturally but earlier than usual generally before the age of forty.
  • They soon discovered, that to rise early, they must _go to bed early_; and thus was this most important object secured, with regard to girls as well as boys.
  • Thirty-five perished at an indefinitely early date; hence it follows that Zonaras has only Books One to Twenty-one at hand to use for his account of _early_ Rome; besides these he has later employed Books
  • Ah, how many of those that heard the early ones are laid in their graves; and how many of them were laid in _early_ graves; and how many of them said, as some of you are saying, 'When I get older I will turn religious'!

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