- (ecclesiastical) Of or pertaining to a primate.
From primate + -ial.
Variant of 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