pri·​mo | \ ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce primo (audio) \
plural primos

Definition of primo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the first or leading part (as in a duet or trio)


pri·​mo | \ ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce primo (audio) , ˈprī- How to pronounce primo (audio) \

Definition of primo (Entry 2 of 3)

: in the first place


pri·​mo | \ ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce primo (audio) \

Definition of primo (Entry 3 of 3)

: of the finest quality : excellent

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Examples of primo in a Sentence

Adjective I found a primo parking space right out front. thanked the volunteers for a really primo job on the parish fund-raiser
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But a group of researchers wondered whether the traditional method of using high quantities of very finely ground coffee would indeed produce a primo beverage. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "To get a better cup of coffee, start with fewer beans," 22 Jan. 2020 Binnington, who had been shakier than a shopping cart with an unruly, runaway wheel in the series, managed to flash his pad to parry away a primo scoring chance by Joakim Nordstrom with 11:03 left in the game. Globe Staff,, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 But the primo viewing party will happen at Taha Marine Center ($15; 3109 E. Atlantic Blvd.). Phillip Valys,, "Boats and ho ho hos: Holiday boat parades light up South Florida Intracoastal," 4 Dec. 2019 Why: In the old Stephi’s on Tremont space, Black Lamb has a primo location and nicely splits the difference between culinary elegance and neighborly comfort. Devra First,, "Black Lamb is a rare beast: Equal parts elegance and comfort," 15 Aug. 2019 The primo seating spots are two large, steel storage tanks for aging and storing beer, now with openings cut into them so people can enter and sit at the circular banquettes inside. Paul Stephen,, "The best San Antonio restaurants and bars to take your out-of-town guests over the holidays for a taste of puro San Antonio," 25 Nov. 2019 And this video capturing a band’s best intentions is that primo essential viewing opportunity. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "All Hail the 'Plunger Guy' Hero Leading the Most Amusing Attempt to 'Storm Area 51' and Plunge for the Truth," 21 Sep. 2019 Lola 55 sought to elevate the Tijuana street taco, using primo ingredients, with an eye toward creating an eatery that could be franchised. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tale of two Mexican restaurants: Lola 55 is on fire; El Jardín rises from the ashes," 26 Sep. 2019 Headed into the weekend, one-time primo pick Jesse Puljujarvi (No. 4 overall in 2016) was still expressing no interest in returning to the Oilers. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Former Bruin Adam Oates adds points — and value — to players’ careers," 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Contributor John Pearley Huffman, who was a little under the weather this week and not his shouty self, selected a 464-hp hellion: a primo Cadillac ATS-V sedan. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "The Best and Fastest Track Cars for Less Than $35,000: Window Shop with Car and Driver," 5 Feb. 2021 The 2021 Muses shoes, which are sure to be primo collectors’ items for Carnival aficionados, are meant to lure customers. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Win a coveted Muses 2021 shoe in the Mardi Gras krewe’s free lottery," 21 Jan. 2021 Nuances of suspension tuning aside, 80% of performance is tires; the G80 3.5T wears primo Michelins (Primacy Tour all-season), which are great equalizers. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Genesis G80: The Finest Car $70,000 Can Buy," 9 Dec. 2020 Not coincidentally, around this time is when many networks will start their primo Election Day special coverage. Caitlin Kelly, Wired, "How to Watch the Election Results Tonight—and Beyond," 3 Nov. 2020 Hoop earrings are a classic choice, and this oversized pair by Giani Bernini, which are set in sterling silver, come without a primo price tag. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "15 gorgeous pieces of jewelry you can snag at a major discount right now," 24 Oct. 2020 The rest of the story is a primo chunk of local history and worth having a look at in the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Western Reserve Fire Museum features Westlake department through December," 6 Oct. 2020 Jensen and Inman had hoped to open a permanent Hopscotch last fall in a primo corner spot in the Travis Park Plaza office building, but a change in the building’s ownership and construction delays pushed those plans back. Deborah Martin,, "New downtown San Antonio gallery Hopscotch puts visitors inside the art," 29 Sep. 2020 Think of San Diego State as a homeowner who purchased a primo piece of property with a crumbling house on it. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Q&A: SDSU’s move to Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of primo


1792, in the meaning defined above


circa 1901, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primo


Italian, from primo first, from Latin primus


perhaps borrowed from Italian, "first" — more at primo entry 1


probably borrowed from Italian, "first, foremost, principal" — more at primo entry 1

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“Primo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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US slang : of the best quality

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