[ 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 primo (2 of 2)

loco primo citato

[ loh-koh pree-moh ki-tah-toh; English loh-koh prahy-moh sahy-tey-toh, pree-moh si-tah-toh ]
/ ˈloʊ koʊ ˈpri moʊ kɪˈtɑ toʊ; English ˈloʊ koʊ ˈpraɪ moʊ saɪˈteɪ toʊ, ˈpri moʊ sɪˈtɑ toʊ /

adverb Latin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (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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