primate

[ prahy-meyt or especially for 1, prahy-mit ]SEE DEFINITION OF primate
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Truly the Primate of all Scotland was fortunate in the death he died.

Stones were flung at the carriages of the Primate and Fitzgibbon.

In the sacraments of Nagualism, Woman was the primate and hierophant.

But the Primate and five of his suffragans were still inflexible.

On the death of Cardinal Beaton, he became his successor as Primate.

The quarrel every day increased between the king and the primate.

It was with Grocyn that Erasmus rowed up the river to the Primate's board.

The primate at this time was Hildibert, a Frank by birth and a monk by training.

The Veni Creator was sung, and the Primate's blessing-given.

All day at Mota I had been too busy to read any but the Primate's letters.

WORD ORIGIN

"high bishop," c.1200, from Old French primat and directly from Medieval Latin primatem (nominative primas) "church primate," noun use of Late Latin adjective primas "of the first rank, chief, principal," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)).

Meaning "animal of the biological order including monkeys and humans" is attested from 1876, from Modern Latin Primates (Linnæus), from plural of Latin primas; so called from supposedly being the "highest" order of mammals (originally also including bats).

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