|1.||[ adjective ] (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early|
"a fashion popular in earlier times" "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher" "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"
|Related terms:||comparative early|
|2.||[ adverb ] with the least delay|
"the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M."