Primate meaning

prī'mĭt, -māt'
(ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.
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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.
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(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.
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A bishop of highest rank in a province or country.
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A person with primacy.
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An archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop in a province, etc.
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Any of various mammals of the order Primates, having a highly developed brain, eyes facing forward, a shortened nose and muzzle, and opposable thumbs. Primates usually live in groups with complex social systems, and their high intelligence allows them to adapt their behavior successfully to different environments. Lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans are primates.
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(zoology) A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.

Primates range from lemurs to gorillas.

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(informal) A simian anthropoid; an ape, human, or large monkey.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Origin of primate

  • From New Latin Prīmātēs order name from Latin prīmātēs pl. of prīmās principal, of first rank from prīmus first per1 in Indo-European roots Sense 2, from Middle English primat from Old French from Medieval Latin prīmās prīmāt- from Latin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French or French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primus (“prime, first rank")
    From Wiktionary