primate

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

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 resulting in stereoscopic depth perception, specialization of the hands and feet for grasping, and enlargement of the cerebral hemispheres and that include humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (such as lemurs and tarsiers)

primateship

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primatial

play \prī-ˈmā-shəl\ adjective

Examples of primate in a Sentence

  1. the Primate of England and Wales

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Origin and Etymology of primate

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


PRIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of primate for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


PRIMATE Defined for Kids

primate

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noun pri·mate \ˈprī-ˌmāt\

Definition of primate for Students

  1. :  any of a group of mammals that includes humans together with the apes and monkeys and a few related forms


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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