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

The three primo free agents who Columbus failed to bring back — Sergei Bobrovsky (Panthers), Matt Duchene (Predators), and Artemi Panarin (Rangers) — signed UFA deals totaling $207.5 million. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo next on Bruins’ list," 13 July 2019 Instead of giving away free drinks to gamblers, Chicago’s new casino and others across the state should have servers carrying large hookahs filled with primo, mind-bending herbage. Rex Huppke,, "Illinois should mix marijuana and gambling to maximize profits: "High, from Chicago's casino!"," 5 June 2019 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

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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 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 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of primo

US slang : of the best quality

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