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Spanish primera, from primero first, from Latin primarius. See premier.


primero (uncountable)

  1. An old card game resembling poker.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Spanish ordinal numbers
  2º  > 
    Ordinal : primero
    Cardinal : uno

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (adjective, first): (abbreviation) m, f


From Latin prīmārius.


primero m (plural primeros) Alternative spelling of prime

  1. One of the five bids in the card game of Primero, consisting of a combination of four cards in the hand.


primero m (feminine primera, masculine plural primeros, feminine plural primeras)

  1. first
  2. chief; fundamental
  3. prime

Usage notes[edit]

Most Spanish adjectives appear after the modified noun when used attributively. Forms of primero, however, can appear before the modified noun.

When used before the modified masculine singular noun, the apocopate form primer is used instead of primero:

Es el primer hijo. — “[He] is the first son.”
Es el hijo primero. — “[He] is the first son.”

This adjective is often used substantively, with the modified noun implied but omitted.

¿Cuál hijo es? Es el primero. — “Which son is [he]? [He] is the first [son].”


primero (not comparable)

  1. first