a card game fashionable in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of primero

1525–35; < Spanish: literally, first < Latin prīmārius primary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for primero

Historical Examples of primero

  • So Decker: "Talke of none but lords and such ladies with whom you have plaid at Primero."

  • REST, "set up one's—," venture one's all, one's last stake (from game of primero).

  • Near them play was going on at one table, and primero at a second.

    A Gentleman of France

    Stanley Weyman

  • Primero, or ombre, is said to be the ancestor of our modern game of poker.

  • And now there had come into Suffolk a rumour that Mr. Primero was to have a peerage.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for primero



mainly British a 16th- and 17th-century card game

Word Origin for primero

C16: from Spanish primera card game, from primero first, from Latin prīmārius chief
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