early bird: Meaning and Definition of

ear'ly bird"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a person who rises at an early hour.
  2. a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage: The early birds got the best seats for the play.
  3. (caps.)the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.
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