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

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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First Known Use of primus

1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primus

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

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“Primus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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