- 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 primus1
1855–60; < Medieval Latin prīmus, noun use of Latin adj.; see prime
- (in prescriptions) first.
Origin of primus2
1790–1800; < Latin prīmus; see prime
- 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-]
- (of males) first among equals.
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Examples from the Web for primus
As long as the United States was the economic primus inter pares, those arguments were hard to gainsay.Obama's G-20 Misfire
November 11, 2010
They caught no one but Primus, who felt safe and didn't hide.Letters from Port Royal
There it is simply said, "the principal bishop;" or, literally, the primus.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)
John Henry Newman
The Primus hummed and hissed, and the pemmican-pot bubbled and spurted.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
Primus in orbe Deos fecit timor, says the philosopher; can you disprove it?Watson Refuted
I have often heard of him; the primus inter pares of tutors!Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)
Charles Paul de Kock
- Scottish Episcopal Church the presiding bishop in the Synod
from Latin: first
- trademark a portable paraffin cooking stove, used esp by campersAlso called: Primus stove
primus inter pares
- 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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