pri·​mo·​gen·​i·​tor ˌprī-mō-ˈje-nə-tər How to pronounce primogenitor (audio)

Examples of primogenitor in a Sentence

the family held a huge reunion to mark the 200th anniversary of their primogenitors' arrival in America

Word History


borrowed from New Latin prīmogenitor (Medieval Latin, "eldest son"), from prīmo- (in Late Latin prīmogenitus "firstborn," prīmogenitūra "condition of being the firstborn") + Latin genitor "father, parent, originator" — more at primogeniture, progenitor

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primogenitor was in 1643

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Cite this Entry

“Primogenitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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