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

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, 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,, 13 June 2019 But the primo viewing party will happen at Taha Marine Center ($15; 3109 E. Atlantic Blvd.). Phillip Valys,, 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,, 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,, 25 Nov. 2019 And this video capturing a band’s best intentions is that primo essential viewing opportunity. Ashley Hoffman, Time, 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, 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,, 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The primo prize is center Shane Wright, of OHL Kingston. Matt Porter,, 14 May 2022 Most of the primo talent gets snatched up in the amateur draft, framed around 18-year-olds. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 16 Apr. 2022 Stay away from fatty yogurts (an otherwise primo midmorning snack) and high-fiber foods like instant oatmeal, which will likely cause some movement in the bowels. Wes Judd, Outside Online, 26 May 2017 Specializing in high-end Cabernets from primo sites throughout Napa and Sonoma, the Setting is a project from three friends, including wine wunderkind Jesse Katz, who is also behind Healdsburg’s Aperture Cellars. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 Aliperti found that bolder individuals had larger core areas, the primo part of their range that could be an indicator of a squirrel’s success. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Focus Features has lined up an emotional tribute reel and some primo swag to celebrate its 20 years of prestige indie filmmaking. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 11 Mar. 2022 This kills the shorter hitters, who rely on roll to be in primo position for their 2nd shots. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2022 However, fans wanting to get primo spots in the pit may want to hop on the secondary market where tickets are already available at reasonable prices via StubHub and Vivid Seats. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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