Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music The principal part in a duet or ensemble composition.
  • adj. First.
  • adj. Slang Exceptionally good of its kind; first-class.
  • adj. Slang Highly or most valuable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The principal part of a duet.
  • adj. Best; first-class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. First; chief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, a first or principal part, as in duets or trios.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. the best of its kind
  • n. the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)

Etymologies

Italian, from Old Italian, first, from Latin prīmus; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian primo ("first") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Quod esse non potest: quia sic idem esset notius et minus notum, ut patet in primo posteriorum.

    June 18th, 2009

  • The 2001 flick is kind of primo and really stands the test of time in pop culture's current fascination with pop music and gossip.

    ‘Josie And The Pussycats’ Rock Out With This Week’s Sick Day Stash » MTV Movies Blog

  • Although, she has "primo" sarcasm ability. (not exactly a bad thing in my opinion)

    ABC's Ignominy Continues

  • We bring you this special message from CD 14 Councilman Jose Huizar via his "primo" JOSE'S BLOG.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • ( "Subprime" comes from the Latin root sub primo, meaning "foreclosures in southern California.")

    When Fools Rush In, The Joke's on Them

  • Fair dos, Kaplan obviously had fun writing it, and some of his touches work well: 'Under this Adam Impulse people have exerted themselves to come up with names for very large numbers, such as primo-vigesimo-centillion for 10366, and the mellifluous milli-millillion for 103,000,003.'

    The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero

  • Oh dear, the kids don't say things like "primo" any more, do they?

    Pen-Elayne on the Web

  • A pound of "primo" marijuana from the business ran $4,409, while a quarter-ounce of regular marijuana was $40, the sheriff's office said.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Prices ranged from $40 for a quarter ounce of regular marijuana to $4,409 for a pound of "primo" marijuana, officials said.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Tucked away under ancient arches just by the bustling San Bartolomeo square, the Rosticceria is basically an old-fashioned self-service cafeteria, dishing up excellent and inexpensive comfort food - a "primo" for €6, followed by roast chicken, or "baccala mantecato", the traditional creamy salt cod.

    Travel news, travel guides and reviews | guardian.co.uk

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