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spoken English26.32%written English73.68% conversational speech33.33%task-oriented speech66.67% imaginative writing25%informational writing75%
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Early is sometimes a misspelling of equally.

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Definition of the adjective early

What does early mean as an attribute of a noun?

Early is one of the top 50 most common adjectives. It is used mostly in informational writing, being the 8th most common adjective in informational written English.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: more early / earlier | most early / earliest

  1. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
  2. being or occurring at an early stage of development
  3. belonging to the distant past
    • example: the early inhabitants of Europe
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of early: former / other
    • similar: past
  4. very young
  5. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
    • examples: the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C. | Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700
    • domain: linguistics
    • antonyms: middle; late
    • similar: Old
  6. expected in the near future
    • example: look for an early end to the negotiations
    • similar: future

Alternative definition of the adjective early


  1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
  2. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on-time.
    • Near the start or beginning.

    Definition of the adverb early

    What does early mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


    1. during an early stage
      • example: early on in her career
      • synonym of early: early on
    2. before the usual time or the time expected
    3. in good time

    Alternative definition of the adverb early


    1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.

    Definition of the noun early

    What does early mean as a name of something?

    noun - plural: earlies

    1. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.


    1. Early is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 557 at the 2010 census.
    2. Early is a city located in Brown County in west-central Texas, in the United States. The population was 2,762 at the 2010 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. It is home to the Early Independent School District and the Heartland Mall.

    There are other places with in their name, like Early County and Early Bird Dinner Theatre.


    1. Early a.k.a. Peter Early was an American lawyer, jurist and politician.
    2. Early a.k.a. Ulysses Lopez is an actor.
    3. Early a.k.a. Aaron Matthews is an American football defensive back for the Hampton Pirates.

    There are other people with in their name, like Ian Early, Len Early, Ray Early, Tom Early, Bryn Early, Burd Early, Dave Early, Dora Early, Early Wynn, Jack Early and many others.


    1. "Early" is a musical album of A Certain Ratio.
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    2. "Early" is a musical album of Scritti Politti.
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    3. "Early" is a musical album of Georgia Anne Muldrow.
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    4. "Early" is a composition.
    5. "Early" is a composition.
    6. "Early" is a musical EP of Eimog.
      • released in (7 years ago)
    7. "Early" a.k.a. "Early." is a musical EP of Mary Lambert.
      • released on (4 years ago)
    8. "Early" is a musical album of Fayssoux.
      • released on (7 years ago)
    9. "Early" is a musical album of Concern.
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    Phrases with Early

    1. early on
    2. Early Bath
    3. early bird
    4. early days
    5. Early Dock
    6. Early Door
    7. Early Chess
    8. Early Doors
    9. Early Latin
    10. early morel
    11. Early Onion
    12. Early Riser
    13. Early Sedge
    14. Early-Bound
    15. Early Arctic
    16. Early Azalea
    17. Early Crocus
    18. Early Medick
    19. Early Modern
    20. Early Wattle

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Early

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    Google previewEncyclopedia of Early Christianity, Second Edition (2013)

    by Everett Ferguson

    Gregory: An Early ArmenianCatechism (Cambridge: HarvardUP, 1970). P. Carrington, ThePrimitive Christian Catechism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1940 ); W. Robinson, ®Historical Surveyofthe Church«s Treatment of New Converts ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Early Childhood Education (2012)

    by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Leslie R Williams

    Introduction Early childhood education, like education in general, is carried out within distinct settings and is subject to influence from a host of social, cultural, economic and political forces. The range of possible settings tends to vary more ...

    Google previewThe New Westminster Dictionary of Church History: The early, medieval, and Reformation eras (2008)

    by Robert Benedetto, James O. Duke

    List of Articles xxviii Aphrahat Apocalypticism, Medieval Apocryphal Writings Apokatastasis Apollinarius Apologists, Early Christian Apostles' Creed Apostolic Fathers Aquaviva, Claudio Archbishops, Medieval Archdeacon Architecture in Early ...

    Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Early American Republic, 1783–1812: A Political, Social, and Military History [3 volumes] (2014)

    A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker

    Although the first official American campaign medals were established in the early years of the 20th century to recognize service in the Civil War and the Indian Wars, the membership badges of various veterans' organizations throughout the ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

    by Gary L Albrecht

    Early childhood intervention is defined by services for infants and young children to prevent or reduce disability and to...

    Early childhood intervention recognizes the central role of the family in the child's development and is based on the ...

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    Usage statistics about early

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the adjective early:

    spoken English26.32%written English73.68% conversational speech33.33%task-oriented speech66.67% imaginative writing25%informational writing75%

    Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective early and its most common antonym:


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    Quotes about Early

    Early to rise and early to bed
    Makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead. (James Thurber)
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    Scrabble value of E1A1R1L1Y4

    The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

    Anagrams of EARLY

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