- The definition of a primate is the highest-ranking bishop of a province, or a mammal that normally has hands, hand-like feet and that may be a tree-dweller.
- The archbishop of a country is an example of a primate.
- A monkey is an example of a primate.
primate definition by Webster's New World
- Rare a person with primacy
- an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop in a province, etc.
- any of an order (Primates) of mammals characterized esp. by flexible hands and feet, each with five digits, including humans, great apes, monkeys, and lemurs
Origin: Middle English primat ; from Old French ; from Late Latin primas (gen. primatis), of the first, chief ; from Classical Latin primus, first: see prime
primate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A mammal of the order Primates, which includes the anthropoids and prosimians, characterized by refined development of the hands and feet, a shortened snout, and a large brain.
- A bishop of highest rank in a province or country.
Origin: From New Latin Prīmātēs, order name, from Latin prīmātēs, pl. of prīmās, principal, of first rank, from prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, from Latin.
- pri·maˈtial adjective
primate - Medical Definition
- primatial adjective
primate - Science Definition