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Former vs Foremost - What's the difference?

former | foremost |

As adjectives the difference between former and foremost

is that former is previous while foremost is first, either in time or in space.

As a noun former

is someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.

As an adverb foremost is

in front.

As a proper noun Foremost is

a village in Alberta, Canada.



Alternative forms

* (l)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) former, comparative of . Parallel to (m) (via Latin), as comparative form from same Proto-Indo-European root. Related to (m) and (m) (thence (m)), from Proto-Germanic.


  • Previous.
  • :
  • *
  • *:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habituĂ©s, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  • (senseid) First of aforementioned two items. Used with the , often without a noun.
  • :
  • Synonyms
    * (previous) anterior, erstwhile, previous, prior, quondam, ex- * See also
    * latter

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
  • Dave was the former of the company.
  • An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
  • ''The brick arch was built using a wooden former .
  • (chiefly, British, used in combinations) Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).
  • ''Fifth-former
    Sixth-former .
    Derived terms
    * pan former




    * reform ----




  • first, either in time or in space
  • of a higher rank or position; paramount
  • (nautical) closest to the bow
  • Adverb

  • in front
  • prominently forward