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[im-prahy-mis, -pree-]
  1. in the first place.
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Origin of imprimis

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, contraction of phrase in prīmīs in the first place, above all
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Examples from the Web for imprimis

Historical Examples

  • Imprimis they are working in what may be called the regular English methods.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Imprimis, when I am speaking at the same time with three others.

  • Imprimis of Jane Shaxper for default of sute of court fined, 4d.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

  • Imprimis, there's the patch upon my nose, with a pox to him.

  • Imprimis, as of every other calling, there are too many booksellers.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

British Dictionary definitions for imprimis


  1. archaic in the first place
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin phrase in prīmīs, literally: among the first things
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