primate

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English[edit]

A gorilla, which is a type of primate, in Duisburg Zoo, Duisburg, Germany

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹaɪmeɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: pri‧mate

Etymology 1[edit]

From French primate [1876], from Latin primas (one of the first, chief, excellent, noble). So named due to the belief that primates are the “highest” order of mammals/animals.

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primate (plural primates)

  1. (zoology) A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.
    Primates range from lemurs to gorillas.
  2. (informal) A simian anthropoid; an ape, human or monkey.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English primate, primat, from Old French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primas, alternative form of primus (prime, first rank). Compare English primus, of similar derivation and meaning. [circa 1200]

Noun[edit]

primate (plural primates)

  1. (ecclesiastical) In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain
  2. (ecclesiastical) In the Orthodox Church, the presiding bishop of an ecclesiastical jurisdiction or region. Usually, the expression primate refers to the first hierarch of an autocephalous or autonomous Orthodox church. Less often, it is used to refer to the ruling bishop of an archdiocese or diocese.
  3. (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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primate m (plural primates)

  1. primate (mammal)

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Galician[edit]

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primate m (plural primates)

  1. primate (animal)

Italian[edit]

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primate m (plural primati)

  1. primate (ecclesiastical title)

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Spanish[edit]

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primate m

  1. primate (animal)