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[pree-moh; for 1, 2 also Italian pree-maw] /ˈpri moʊ; for 1, 2 also Italian ˈpri mɔ/
noun, plural primos, primi
[pree-mee; Italian pree-mee] /ˈpri mi; Italian ˈpri mi/ (Show IPA).
the part of a piano duet played on the upper half of the keyboard.
the first or leading part in an ensemble.
  1. first-class:
    dinner at a primo restaurant.
  2. highly valuable or most essential:
    the primo player on the team.
Origin of primo
1785-95; < Italian: literally, first < Latin prīmus. See prime

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[loh-koh pree-moh ki-tah-toh; English loh-koh prahy-moh sahy-tey-toh, pree-moh si-tah-toh] /ˈloʊ koʊ ˈpri moʊ kɪˈtɑ toʊ; English ˈloʊ koʊ ˈpraɪ moʊ saɪˈteɪ toʊ, ˈpri moʊ sɪˈtɑ toʊ/
adverb, Latin. Unabridged
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  • What matters it, then, if ours is called the Fourth Class and theirs the primo.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • primo de Rivero then explained his position, which was curious.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The primo sargentos were abolished, the officers reinstated.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • primo, let us make sure she is a witch—secundo, let us take her to the Abbey.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Why should she think of me—or of anybody else, except the primo tenore, who was singing with her?

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • His chin drooped, and his glance fell on the lines just written: 'O mirabile giustizia di te, primo Motore!'

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The behaviour of the troops led against them in 1881 by General primo de Rivera doubtless confirmed them in this repugnance.

British Dictionary definitions for primo


noun (pl) -mos, -mi (-mɪ)
(music) the upper or right-hand part in a piano duet Compare secondo
Also primo tempo. at the same speed as at the beginning of the piece
Word Origin
Italian: first, from Latin prīmus
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Word Origin and History for primo

1740, in music terms, from Italian primo "first, chief," from Latin primus (see prime (adj.)). As slang for "excellent, first-class," perhaps an elaboration of prime. Of drugs, by 1990s, street slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for primo



Crack cocaine smoked with marijuana (1990s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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