prima inter pares

[pree-mah in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh in-ter pair-eez, pree-muh]

noun, plural pri·mae in·ter pa·res [pree-mee in-ter pah-res; English prahy-mey in-ter pair-eez, pree‐] /ˈpri mi ˈɪn tər ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ meɪ ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri‐/ Latin.

(of a female) first among equals. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prima

Contemporary Examples of prima

Historical Examples of prima

  • The only solo-vocalist was the prima donna par excellence, Mdlle.

  • “I could be Queen of England as easily as I could be a prima donna,” she said mournfully.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Here is the testimony of one who cannot, prima facie, be deemed unprejudiced.

  • They say she is a Prima Donna too; but how could such excellence be united in one creature?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • I am not a prima ballerina, nor a Venus of Medici, nor a dead man.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

Word Origin and History for prima

Italian fem. of primo "first" (see primo); as in prima ballerina (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper