1. Happening or done before the usual or expected time.
2. Belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period.
3. Before the usual or expected time.
4. Near the beginning of a period.
5. Before the present time or before the time one is referring to.
6. Potatoes which are ready to be harvested before the main crop.
7. Early shifts.
Plural Noun: Earlies
In the early times, many battles were fought.