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[pal-muh-ree, pahl-, pah-muh-]
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  1. having or deserving to have the palm of victory or success; praiseworthy: a palmary achievement.
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Origin of palmary

First recorded in 1650–60, palmary is from the Latin word palmārius of, deserving a palm. See palm2, -ary
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Related Words for palmary

exemplary, admirable, estimable, respectable, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy, esteemed, decent, deserving, excellent, honest, honorable, meritorious, nasty, organic, reputable, reputed, satisfactory, suitable

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Historical Examples of palmary

  • The group is probably the palmary example in English of that coterie-and school-verse which distinguished the seventeenth century.

    Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III

    John Cleveland

  • A palmary instance of this is a metal block which Richard Pynson began to use in 1496.

    Old Picture Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

  • Each of the palmary sites of which we have spoken has rendered up examples of early Greek temples.

British Dictionary definitions for palmary


  1. rare worthy of praise
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Word Origin for palmary

C17: from Latin palmārius relating to the palm of victory; see palm ²
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