from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mammal of the order Primates, which includes the anthropoids and prosimians, characterized by refined development of the hands and feet, a shortened snout, and a large brain.
- n. A bishop of highest rank in a province or country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.
- n. A simian anthropoid; an ape, human, or large monkey.
- n. In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circonscription.
- n. In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop.
- n. One of the Primates.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first or chief person.
- n. A bishop of a see ranking as first in a province or provinces; a metropolitan as presiding in his province, or one of several metropolitans as presiding over others.
- n. In zoology, a member of the order Primates; a primatial or primatic mammal, as man.
- Relating to or characteristic of the order Primates.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
- n. a senior clergyman and dignitary
From New Latin Prīmātēs, order name, from Latin prīmātēs, pl. of prīmās, principal, of first rank, from prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French or French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primus ("prime, first rank") (Wiktionary)