primate[prī′māt′, -mit; for 2, usually, -mit]
- 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.
- 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 of primateMiddle English primat ; from Old French ; from Late Latin primas (gen. primatis), of the first, chief ; from Classical Latin primus, first: see prime
- Any of various mammals of the order Primates, which consists of the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and apes including humans, and is characterized by nails on the hands and feet, a short snout, and a large brain.
- A bishop of highest rank in a province or country.
Origin of primateFrom 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.
- (zoology) A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.
- Primates range from lemurs to gorillas
- (informal) A simian anthropoid; an ape, human, or large monkey.
- (ecclesiastical) In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circonscription.
- (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.