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primate

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noun pri·mate \ˈprī-ˌmāt or especially for 1 -mət\

Simple Definition of primate

  • : any member of the group of animals that includes human beings, apes, and monkeys

  • : the highest ranking priest in a particular country or area in some Christian churches (such as the Church of England)

Full Definition of primate

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a bishop who has precedence in a province, a group of provinces, or a nation

  2. 2 archaic :  one first in authority or rank :  leader

  3. 3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] :  any of an order (Primates) of mammals that are characterized especially by advanced development of binocular vision, specialization of the appendages for grasping, and enlargement of the cerebral hemispheres and that include humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers)

pri·mate·ship play \-ˌship\ noun
pri·ma·tial play \prī-ˈmā-shəl\ adjective

Examples of primate

  1. the Primate of England and Wales



Origin of primate

Middle English primat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus


First Known Use: 13th century


Medical Dictionary

primate

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noun pri·mate \ˈprī-ˌmāt\

Medical Definition of primate

  1. :  any mammal of the order Primates





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