primus

1
[prahy-muh s]
noun, plural pri·mus·es. (often initial capital letter)
  1. Scottish Episcopal Church. a bishop who is elected to represent the church body and to summon and preside at synods but who possesses no metropolitan power.

Origin of primus

1
1855–60; < Medieval Latin prīmus, noun use of Latin adj.; see prime

primus

2
[prahy-muh s]
adjective
  1. (in prescriptions) first.

Origin of primus

2
1790–1800; < Latin prīmus; see prime

Primus

[pree-muh s]
noun
  1. Pearl,1919–1994, U.S. dancer, born in Trinidad.

primus inter pares

[pree-moo s in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh s in-ter pair-eez, pree-]
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.
  1. (of males) first among equals.
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Contemporary Examples of primus

  • As long as the United States was the economic primus inter pares, those arguments were hard to gainsay.

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    Obama's G-20 Misfire

    Zachary Karabell

    November 11, 2010

Historical Examples of primus


British Dictionary definitions for primus

primus

noun
  1. Scottish Episcopal Church the presiding bishop in the Synod

Word Origin for primus

from Latin: first

Primus

noun
  1. trademark a portable paraffin cooking stove, used esp by campersAlso called: Primus stove

primus inter pares

  1. first among equals
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Word Origin and History for primus

Latin for "first, the first" (see prime (adj.)).

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