first among equals

first among equals
the best or most important of a similar group.

The solo violin was first among equals in the midst of all the stringed instruments.

Because she is the chairman of the committee, she is, of course, first among equals.

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • first among equals — I (the) first among equals the person or thing having the highest status in a group II (the) first among equals see equal * * * first among equals see ↑first, 1 • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • First Among Equals — infobox Book | name = First Among Equals title orig = translator = image caption = author = Jeffrey Archer cover artist = country = United Kingdom language = English series = genre = Political novel publisher = Simon Schuster release date = 1984… …   Wikipedia

  • first among equals — noun a) A person or position that if formally equivalent to others in a group, but is superior in some attribute. The value of First Among Equals lies in its attempt to set out systematically the major roles played by prime ministers, and to… …   Wiktionary

  • Andrew Fraser (First Among Equals) — Andrew Fraser is a fictional character in the political novel First Among Equals, by Jeffrey Archer. He is a British politician of the Labour Party and later the Social Democratic Party (SDP).Fraser was the son of a Scottish Conservative… …   Wikipedia

  • be first among equals — to officially be on the same level as other members in a group, but in fact have slightly more responsibility or be slightly more important. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was always considered first among equals …   New idioms dictionary

  • first among equals — best within a group of people with equal ability …   English contemporary dictionary

  • First Among Sequels — Infobox Book name = First Among Sequels title orig = translator = image caption = UK First Edition cover author = Jasper Fforde cover artist = country = United Kingdom language = English series = Thursday Next series subject = genre = Alternate… …   Wikipedia

  • first — first1 W1S1 [fə:st US fə:rst] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in a series)¦ 2 for the first time 3¦(main)¦ 4 in the first place 5 in the first instance 6 at first glance/sight 7 first things first 8 (at) first hand 9 first prize/place …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • First Council of Constantinople — For the church council of Constantinople in 359, see First Council of Constantinople (360). 9th century Byzantine manuscript illumination of I Constantinople Homilies of Gregory Nazianzus, 879 882 …   Wikipedia

  • first — number BEFORE 1 before anything or anyone else: She reached the top of the hill first. | It s mine, I saw it first. see firstly 2 the first someone or something that is before other people or things : be (the) first to do sth: My sister said I d… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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