pri·​me·​ro | \ pri-ˈmer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce primero (audio) , -ˈmir- \

Definition of primero

: a card game popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

Examples of primero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The game is likely primero — a bluffing game similar to poker. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of primero

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primero

probably borrowed from Spanish primera, noun derivative from feminine of primer "first," going back to Latin prīmārius "of the highest importance or station (of persons), first-rate, chief" — more at primary entry 1

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“Primero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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