- 先 [xiān]
- （时间或次序在前的） earlier; before; first; in advance:
make clear beforehand; 有言在先
strive to be the first and fear to lag behind; 争先恐后- （祖先; 上代） elder generation; ancestor:
ancestor forefather- （尊称死去的人） deceased; late:
my late father 先父- （先前） earlier on; before:
Why didn't you tell me before? 你先怎么不告诉我?- （姓氏） a surname:
Xian Zhen 先轸
I fear that a prior engagement will prohibit me from joining you in dinner.
First hammer the tent pegs into the ground, then tie the ropes onto them.
I was unable to attend the meeting because of a prior engagement.
I'll have to ask my boss first.
Read the text first and then explain the new words.
Mr. Heath is the former Prime Minister of Britain.
First come, first served.