Early: adjective - designating, belonging to, existing or occurring close to the beginning of a time period, e.g. morning, day, evening, etc.; belonging to, designating, or relating to the initial phase of an epoch, personal development, history of a people, or the world etc.; ancient; at the beginning in serial order; happening before it is too late; arriving or occurring before the due time; former, foremost, first in time.
‘Unable to sleep, Gloria spent the early hours watching the sun rise blood red from a field of pinks, oranges, flame and gold.’
‘Harold was so nervous about being late for his interview that he turned up an hour early and had to kill time in a local café, drinking copious amounts of coffee.’
Pic: Staithes, North Yorkshire.