Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Mus.) First; chief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music The principal part of a duet.
  • adjective colloquial Best; first-class.

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

  • adjective the best of its kind
  • noun the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Old Italian, first, from Latin prīmus; see per in Indo-European roots.]

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Italian primo ("first")

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