prime cost

  1. that part of the cost of a commodity deriving from the labor and materials directly utilized in its manufacture.

Origin of prime cost

First recorded in 1710–20

Words Nearby prime cost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prime cost in a sentence

  • Often and often have I got things under prime cost myself, only by helping a person on in his trade.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • They have the great elements, fuel, freight capacity, and prime cost in their favor.

  • The prime cost and repairs are by no means so great when engines are duplicated, or two sets built from the same patterns.

  • So they had a sale at prime cost—and we then obtained most wonderful bargains in the confectionary line.

  • A very moderate price was charged for each, only indeed the prime cost of production.

    Enemies of Books | William Blades

British Dictionary definitions for prime cost

prime cost

  1. the portion of the cost of a commodity that varies directly with the amount of it produced, principally comprising materials and labour: Also called: variable cost Compare overheads

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