Pronunciation: (ûr'nist),[key] —adj. 1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker. 2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty. 3. seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention.
—n. full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to speak in earnest.
Pronunciation: (ûr'nist),[key] —n. 1. a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.
2. Law.See earnest money. 3. anything that gives pledge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.