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pri·​mo ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce primo (audio)
plural primos
: the first or leading part (as in a duet or trio)


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: in the first place


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pri·​mo ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce primo (audio)
: 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
Standing front and center in a primo spot at The Shops at Clearfork, the new B&B Butchers & Restaurant aims to single-handedly resurrect the two concepts after which it is named: the classic steakhouse and an old-fashioned butcher shop. Malcolm Mayhew, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Speaking of acceptance speeches, Gosling had time to prepare his for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (A+ primo pre-Oscars glad-handing event), where he was honored with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024 From there, Azar ascended the ranks at multiple Emeril properties, first becoming sous chef at Emeril’s Orlando in the late 1990s, followed by a primo post as chef de cuisine at the late Emeril’s Miami Beach. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 With conditions like these, even in spring, the skiing here is primo, and your choices are ample. Tim Neville, Travel + Leisure, 29 Dec. 2023 This is primo pebble ice making; expect all the features. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2023 Four primo restaurants deliver exquisite fine dining despite the frontier environment outside. Janice Wald Henderson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The traffic, the history, the fact that parts of the waterfront — Fells Point with its cobblestone streets and creaking, old taverns in particular — are relatively unaltered, make Baltimore primo magnet fishing territory. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 In the early 1980s, an ex-Army colonel named Dave Hughes became an online celebrity to the 40,000 members of The Source, a dialup online service that was the primo watering hole for modem owners in the early 1980s. WIRED, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1792, in the meaning defined above


circa 1901, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primo was in 1792

Dictionary Entries Near primo

Cite this Entry

“Primo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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