pri·​mus ˈprī-məs How to pronounce primus (audio)
often capitalized
: the presiding bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Examples of primus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even Sean Hannity, the primus inter pares of Trump’s media outriders, seemed a bit discombobulated by the Bolton news. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2020 These days, however, Frum is better known as a heretic and outcast, primus inter pares of the Never Trumpers. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2017 Primus and the co-worker were in their work truck when Lindo left the restaurant and headed for his car. David J. Neal, miamiherald, 4 June 2017

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin prīmus, probably short for prīmus Scotiae episcopus "first bishop of Scotland" — more at prime entry 2

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primus was in 1724

Dictionary Entries Near primus

Cite this Entry

“Primus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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