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 Three minutes into the third quarter, hundreds of those primo seats were empty, creating a conspicuous band of empty gray. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors’ fans love the cotton candy and butlers, but would like more points," 24 Oct. 2019 Guests could hardly stop the chatter as hosts encouraged all to take their seats, which offered primo views of lower Manhattan. Vogue, "Guests Partied in the Park at Last Night’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Gala," 4 Oct. 2019 Researchers using data from NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory recently simulated what one of these primo instruments might see of our planet after observing it for two years to average out the cloud cover. NBC News, "We keep looking for space aliens. Are they looking for us?," 18 Sep. 2019 Or, treat yourself to Cru, which features signature dishes and a primo wine list, or CHAR steakhouse. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Looking for a unique getaway? Go boutique at one of these new and not-so-far-away hotels," 10 Aug. 2019 Eovaldi is a starter with primo stuff that should translate well to the bullpen. Peter Abraham,, "Dave Dombrowski made a decisive move in acquiring Andrew Cashner," 14 July 2019 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

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Primo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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US slang : of the best quality

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