[ pree-moh; for 1, 2 also Italian pree-maw ]
/ ˈpri moʊ; for 1, 2 also Italian ˈpri mɔ /

noun, plural pri·mos, pri·mi [pree-mee Italian pree-mee] /ˈpri mi Italian ˈpri mi/. Music.

the part of a piano duet played on the upper half of the keyboard.
the first or leading part in an ensemble.


  1. first-class: dinner at a primo restaurant.
  2. highly valuable or most essential: the primo player on the team.

Origin of primo

1785–95; < Italian: literally, first < Latin prīmus. See prime

Definition for primi (2 of 2)

primus inter pares
[ pree-moo s in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh s in-ter pair-eez, pree- ]
/ ˈpri mʊs ˈɪn tɛr ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ məs ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri- /

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for primi (1 of 2)

primus inter pares
/ Latin (ˈpraɪməs ɪntə ˈpɑːrɪz) /

first among equals

British Dictionary definitions for primi (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpriːməʊ) /

noun plural -mos or -mi (-mɪ)

music the upper or right-hand part in a piano duetCompare secondo
Also: primo tempo at the same speed as at the beginning of the piece

Word Origin for primo

Italian: first, from Latin prīmus
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