Through his aunt, Rüdiger received books from his father, such as primers on how to learn English.
Joan put 'em into me just now from the roof by a couple of gestures—enough to fill a dozen primers with words.
This brought me completely to my senses, and I ran below and carried the primers on deck.
primers were tried in different forms called “detonators,” but the familiar little copper cap was the most popular.
These primers are so condensed that nothing should be omitted.
Children in primary grades should be supplied with a good variety of primers, readers, and simple story books.
This is the halcyon period of primers, introductions, handbooks, manuals.
When the boys began poking fun at him about losing the primers, McCabe slashed on his war paint, and squared off to fight.
The primers were books for the private devotion of the laity.
The next lesson announced was reading, for which primers were distributed.
late 14c., "prayer-book," also "school book" (senses not distinguished in Middle Ages, as reading was taught from prayer books), from Medieval Latin primarius, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). The word also might be all or in part from prime (n.) on the same notion as a "Book of Hours." Meaning "small introductory book on any topic" is from 1807.
"explosive cap," 1819, agent noun from prime (v.).
"first layer of dye or paint," 1680s, from prime (v.).