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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.
1.
(of a female) first among equals.
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  • It is a masterpiece; all the airs and graces of the prima donna he imitates with a true spirit of burlesque.

  • They can always count on me for anything from wardrobe mistress to prima donna.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Suddenly a whirlwind of applause greeted the appearance of the prima donna.

    Sarrasine Honore de Balzac
  • “Then I wish I was a prima donna too,” said Sybil, bitterly.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Then Mr. Abbey threw down his hand and Mr. Mapleson gathered in the prima donna.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
Word Origin and History for prima

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

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