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Origin of prime

First recorded before 1000; 1910–15 for def. 5; (adjective) Middle English (from Old French prim), from Latin prīmusfirst (superlative corresponding to priorprior1); (noun) in part derivative of the adjective; in part continuing Middle English prim(e) “first canonical hour,” Old English prim, from Latin prīma (hōra) “first (hour)”; (verb) apparently derivative of the adjective

SYNONYMS FOR prime ON THESAURUS.COM

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7. Prime, primeval, primitive have reference to that which is first. Prime means first in numerical order or order of development: prime meridian; prime cause. Primeval means belonging to the first or earliest ages: the primeval forest. Primitive suggests the characteristics of the origins or early stages of a development, and hence implies the simplicity of original things: primitive tribes, conditions, ornaments, customs, tools.

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British Dictionary definitions for prime

prime
/ (praɪm) /

adjective

noun

verb

Derived forms of prime

primely, adverbprimeness, noun

Word Origin for prime

(adj) C14: from Latin prīmus first; (n) C13: from Latin prīma (hora) the first (hour); (vb) C16: of uncertain origin, probably connected with n
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Idioms and Phrases with prime

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