: see آلَ, in art. اول, in two places.
First, and former; preceding all others, and preceding another. See art. أول
أَوَائِلُ السُّوَرِ The first parts, or beginnings, of the chapters of the Ḳur-án.
جَآءَ فِى أَوَائِلِ القَوْمِ He came among the first comers of the people. (Mṣb.)
And الأَوَائِلُ The people of former ages; as also الأَوَّلُونَ.
لَقِيتُهُ عَامًا أَوَّلَ means I met him [in a former year.] before this year, though by several years. (Alee El-Kári, in his Expos. of the Ḳ, from Seer; cited in the margin of a copy of the Ḳ; art. اول.) See عَامٌ.