noun, often capitalized
pri·​mus | \ ˈprī-məs How to pronounce primus (audio) \

Definition of primus

: the presiding bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Examples of primus in a Sentence

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First Known Use of primus

1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primus

Medieval Latin, one who is first, magnate, from Latin, first — more at prime

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