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


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

That’s a big deal: A revisit of Dune would probably be a blockbuster with a huge budget and some kind of primo summer opening, making it Timmy’s bonafide mainstream debut. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, October 5 Edition," 5 Oct. 2018 La prima pagina della Gazzetta dello Sport: ⚽ Inter scatenata sul mercato: non solo Nainggolan, c'è anche la pista Aleix Vidal ⚽ Golovin è da Juventus: il primo asso è russo!, "Liverpool Facing Competition From Inter In Race To Sign Barcelona Defender," 16 June 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 0:00 The hot waiter at Joe T. Garcia's SHARE COPY LINK Italo Martins, an IT expert from Brazil, works the primo patio section near the pool. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 The film does land a few, including a primo gag that involves gremlins running a nightmarish airline. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Monsters go on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 12 July 2018 Once the sun rises, pick up the pieces from the night before with your crew over a toad in the hole toast with spicy pepper jam at the Ace’s primo restaurant, Whitfield. Andrew Richdale, GQ, "Five Gay Vacation Spots That Are Less Tired Than Fire Island," 21 June 2018 There are ways to make a webpage faster without AMP and retain more of the revenue and control, but implementing AMP is the only way to guarantee that primo placement in Google search results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 On Saturday, March 31, primo local label FeelTrip releases Cherry's debut LP, Flavour, whose carefree melodies, sugary yacht-rock licks, and chamber-pop harmonies are the stuff of dreams. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Emily Jane Powers writes pop songs fit for a Pushcart anthology," 27 Mar. 2018 That said, for people or companies with even more to spend, however, there are a handful of private rooms within the club that come with eight primo seats. Phil Rosenthal,, "Cubs' 1914 Club at Wrigley Field is a windowless hideaway at new-car prices," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Phish fans complain in forums of a superfan dubbed Antelope Greg, who is said to mark out a primo square for himself on the ground with duct tape and shout at interlopers who wander in. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Phish Fans Are Friendly—Until the Tarps Come Out to Save Seats," 20 Aug. 2018 In the end: The long and short is the Super Cruise function works very well, and Cadillac offers a primo car. Scott Sturgis,, "Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise takes command of Driver's Seat," 22 June 2018 With sweeping views from Santa Monica Bay to the San Gabriel Mountains, each vantage point is selfie-worthy, but the final stop, Christine’s Point, proffers the most primo vista. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Spectacular Park Is One of L.A.’s Most Undervalued Retreats," 31 May 2018 If a primo day opens up, InSight can’t have other peoples’ rockets clogging up the spaceport. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?," 4 May 2018 Looking for a primo place to toast the summery temperatures set to arrive this week? Snag a seat at a rooftop bar with dazzling views of the city., "5 of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston," 2 May 2018 Possibly the most primo picnic basket available, the teak hamper carries lead-crystal wine glasses, Wedgwood crockery, and handmade stainless-steel cutlery. Fortune, "The Best Non-Car Stuff to Buy From Bentley, Porsche, and BMW," 7 Apr. 2018 As usual with this singular author, the plot is way over the top; but the vibrant characters and pulsating dialogue are primo Mosley. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Fans of Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill, Meet Joe King Oliver," 13 Feb. 2018 For $30 or $40 passengers can be among the first 15 passengers in line if those primo boarding slots aren't already occupied by passengers holding business select tickets, which include priority boarding. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Is that seat taken? Southwest Airlines seat-savers drive some passengers crazy," 20 Dec. 2017

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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


Latin, from primus


probably from Italian, chief, first

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The first known use of primo was in 1792

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English Language Learners Definition of primo

US slang : of the best quality

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