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prima inter pares

[pree-mah in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh in-ter pair-eez, pree-muh] /ˈpri mɑ ˈɪn tɛr ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ mə ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri mə/
noun, plural primae inter pares [pree-mee in-ter pah-res; English prahy-mey in-ter pair-eez, pree‐] /ˈpri mi ˈɪn tər ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ meɪ ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri‐/ (Show IPA). Latin.
(of a female) first among equals. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The only solo-vocalist was the prima donna par excellence, Mdlle.

  • “I could be Queen of England as easily as I could be a prima donna,” she said mournfully.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Here is the testimony of one who cannot, prima facie, be deemed unprejudiced.

  • They say she is a prima Donna too; but how could such excellence be united in one creature?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • I am not a prima ballerina, nor a Venus of Medici, nor a dead man.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
Word Origin and History for prima

Italian fem. of primo "first" (see primo); as in prima ballerina (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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