Primary is defined as a special election that is used to choose candidates from among a political party for a more major election.(noun)
An example of a primary is when the Republicans hold an election to choose which member of their party will run for president.
The definition of primary is something that is the most important, among the most important, something that comes early in development or that is original and not derived from something else.(adjective)
See primary in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME prymary < L primarius < primus, first: see prime
noun pl. primaries
See primary in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin prīmārius, chief
Origin: , from prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
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