Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FIRST, adj. Also firs (Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes (1892) viii.). Sc. usages:

1. In dates, preceded by the name of a day of the week: next, immediately following (Sc. 1811 Edb. Annual Reg. IV. ii. lxxii.). Gen.Sc. Gsw. 1890  Gsw. Herald (24 March) 1:
Tickets for the Special Service in the Cathedral, on Thursday first.
Uls. 1904  Wkly. Irish Times (17 Sept.):
In Ulster “next Monday” is “Monday first.”

2. In combs.: (1) firstflat, — floor, the ground floor of a house (Abd.27, Arg.3 1950); (2) first o(f) Luke, a fair formerly held in Perth, orig. in the first hail ouk [first complete week] of March, of which the name is a corruption. (1) Abd. 1760  Abd. Journal (15 Dec.):
It contains upon the Ground or first Flat, one Kitchen; IId Flat, two good Bedrooms.
Sc. 1861  Stephens & Burn Farm Buildings 539:
In Scotland the “first floor” is the ground floor; in England the term is used to designate the “bedroom” or “second floor” plan.
(2) Per. 1890  J. D. Marwick Markets and Fairs 99:
There were . . . six great fairs or markets in the course of the year, (1) the first of Luke held on the first Friday of March. The right to hold this market or fair was granted by Charles on his visit to Perth in 1633.

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"First adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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