- 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