Primacy is the condition of being first in line or the highest in rank.
An example of primacy is the state of being the first position in line to get into a movie theater.
- the state of being first in time, order, rank, etc.
- the rank, office, or authority of a primate
Origin of primacyMiddle English primacie ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin primatia ; from Late Latin primas: see primate
- The state of being first or foremost.
- Ecclesiastical The office, rank, or province of primate.
Origin of primacyMiddle English primacie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin pr&imacron;m&amacron;tia, office of church primate, from Latin pr&imacron;m&amacron;s, pr&imacron;m&amacron;t-, of first rank; see primate.
- The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.
- The office, rank, or character of a primate; the chief ecclesiastical station or dignity in a national church; the office or dignity of an archbishop; as, the primacy of England.