American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The title of primate did not come into ordinary use till the ninth century, after which it was given to metropolitans of certain sees as special representatives of the Pope. The term primate (
πρωτεύων) has never been in regular use in the Greek Church. The title of exarch comes nearest to it. In the Roman Catholic Church a primate is a bishop or an archbishop to whom is delegated a certain jurisdiction as vicar of the Pope over the bishops of his province, or to whose see such authority has formerly been delegated. In the Church of England the Archbishop of Canterbury has the title Primate of all England, while the Archbishop of York is Primate of England. In the Church of Ireland the Archbishop of Armagh is Primate of all Ireland, and the Archbishop of Dublin Primate of Ireland.
- n. In zoology, a member of the order Primates; a primatial or primatic mammal, as man.
- Relating to or characteristic of the order Primates.
- n. zoology A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.
- n. informal A simian anthropoid; an ape, human, or large monkey.
- n. ecclesiastical 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. ecclesiastical In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the Primates.
- n. any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
- n. a senior clergyman and dignitary
- From Old French or French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primus ("prime, first rank") (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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