[pree-moh; for 1, 2 also Italian pree-maw]
- the part of a piano duet played on the upper half of the keyboard.
- the first or leading part in an ensemble.
- first-class: dinner at a primo restaurant.
- highly valuable or most essential: the primo player on the team.
Origin of primo
1785–95; < Italian: literally, first < Latin prīmus. See prime
primus inter pares
[pree-moo s in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh s in-ter pair-eez, pree-]
- (of males) first among equals.
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Formerly the kings were but lords of a superior rank, primi inter pares; and they were originally electiv.A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings
Primi principi di una teoria sociologica della popolazione economicamente passiva.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
Of course, in this sense, Quintus could only be numbered among the first class (primi amici).Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2
The young men who play the part of primi amorosi, are in debt or without money.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
Primi enim, qui naturas rerum considerare inceperunt, imaginationem transcendere non valentes, nihil prter corpora esse posuerunt.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)
Jaime Luciano Balmes
primus inter pares
- first among equals
- music the upper or right-hand part in a piano duetCompare secondo
- Also: primo tempo at the same speed as at the beginning of the piece
Italian: first, from Latin prīmus
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Word Origin and History for primi
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