Definition of early :
1. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
2. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; - opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
3. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
raw, late, pioneer, old, hardy, precipitant, unlooked-for, modern, beforehand, advanced, briefly, dwarf, with time to spare, northern, slow, prime, hasty, fresh, start, quick, ahead, shortly, other, speedy, immediate, direct, prehistoric, early on, former, immature, ancient, ahead of time, antediluvian, too soon, time, bush, unexpected, pronto, anticipatory, presently, in advance, primitive, spring, betimes, precocious
beginning (part of speech: adjective)
formative, infant, inaugural, maiden, first, commencing, initial, embryonic, dawned, preparatory, Genesis, foremost, beginning, nascent, primal, primeval, germinal, introductory, aboriginal, hatching, alpha, newborn, new, original, precursory, incipient, preliminary, emerging, sprouting, primordial, budding, fetal, infantile, starting, baby
preceding (part of speech: adjective)
early (part of speech: adjective)
- Isn't it very early? - "The Untilled Field", George Moore.
- We set off early next morning for Hagarein. - "Southern Arabia", Theodore Bent Mabel Bent.
- Well, it's too late for us to get away now; but we'll be off as early as you like to- morrow morning. - "The Golden Silence", C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson.