Dictionary definition for: Early
1. (a) at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning" "an early warning" "early diagnosis" "an early death" "took early retirement" "an early spring" "early varieties of peas and tomat
7. (a) of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "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"
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