primus inter pares

noun
pri·mus in·ter pa·res | \ˈprī-məs-ˌin-tər-ˈpa-rēz, ˈprē-məs-\

Definition of primus inter pares 

: first among equals

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Within countries there are prime ministers to mediate spending disputes among squabbling department heads, but the EU has no primus inter pares; the budget must be approved unanimously by its leaders. The Economist, "CharlemagneThe European Union’s budget may soon be weaponised," 18 Jan. 2018 His performance mixed strength, lucidity and elegance in equal proportion, a civilized musical conversation in which the pianist functioned more as primus inter pares than soloist, as Beethoven surely intended. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Schiff moves with conviction from piano bench to CSO podium," 3 Nov. 2017 Egalitarians no doubt applaud this surnominal softening, yet not all companies can or should be run on a primus inter pares basis. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "I’ve Got a Problem: ‘No Problem’," 26 Sep. 2017 The Nationalist military chieftains who elevated Francisco Franco to supreme power may initially have thought of their leader as a sort of primus inter pares, but this notion did not accord with Franco’s ideas. Jesús Palacios, Slate Magazine, "How Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of primus inter pares

1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primus inter pares

Latin

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