[prahy-mawr-dee-uh l]
  1. constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary: primordial forms of life.
  2. Embryology. first formed.
  3. pertaining to or existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter.

Origin of primordial

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin prīmōrdiālis of the beginning. See primordium, -al1
Related formspri·mor·di·al·i·ty [prahy-mawr-dee-al-i-tee] /praɪˌmɔr diˈæl ɪ ti/, nounpri·mor·di·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprimal primeval primordial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of primordially

  • She had fought desperately, primordially, when 105 she had learned that her errand of mercy was nothing more than a cruel hoax.

British Dictionary definitions for primordially


  1. existing at or from the beginning; earliest; primeval
  2. constituting an origin; fundamental
  3. biology of or relating to an early stage of developmentprimordial germ cells
  1. an elementary or basic principle
Derived Formsprimordiality, nounprimordially, adverb

Word Origin for primordial

C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin
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Word Origin and History for primordially



late 14c., from Late Latin primordialis "first of all, original," from Latin primordium "a beginning, the beginning, origin, commencement," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + stem of ordiri "to begin" (see order (n.)). Related: Primordially.

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primordially in Medicine


  1. Being or happening first in sequence of time; primary; original.
  2. Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or part.
  3. Relating to a primordium.
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