[pree-moh; for 1, 2 also Italian pree-maw]
- the part of a piano duet played on the upper half of the keyboard.
- the first or leading part in an ensemble.
- first-class: dinner at a primo restaurant.
- highly valuable or most essential: the primo player on the team.
Origin of primo
1785–95; < Italian: literally, first < Latin prīmus. See prime
loco primo citato
[loh-koh pree-moh ki-tah-toh; English loh-koh prahy-moh sahy-tey-toh, pree-moh si-tah-toh]
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Examples from the Web for primo
But Klitschko is no Primo Carnera—the first giant heavyweight champion and an ersatz fighter who was set up by the mob.Vitali Klitschko Contemplates Bowing Out of the Ring and Entering Ukrainian Politics
March 26, 2013
Primo was with his mother and her boyfriend that weekend, so I had left the city and driven up to join Eliza in Hudson.Daddy, How Come You’re Always Broke? Benjamin Anastas’s ‘Too Good to Be True’
October 15, 2012
Stevie Wonder," says Hill, "and Earth, Wind, and Fire was the primo dance record.My Celebrity College Roommate
Kathleen Kingsbury, Jaimie Etkin
August 30, 2009
What matters it, then, if ours is called the Fourth Class and theirs the Primo.The Book of Khalid
Primo de Rivero then explained his position, which was curious.Romantic Spain
John Augustus O'Shea
The primo sargentos were abolished, the officers reinstated.Spanish Life in Town and Country
L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
Primo, let us make sure she is a witch—secundo, let us take her to the Abbey.The Lancashire Witches
William Harrison Ainsworth
Why should she think of me—or of anybody else, except the primo tenore, who was singing with her?A Siren
Thomas Adolphus Trollope
- 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
Italian: first, from Latin prīmus
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Word Origin and History for primo
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