Definition of Primate

1. Noun. A senior clergyman and dignitary.

2. Noun. Any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet.

Definition of Primate

1. n. The chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop.

Definition of Primate

1. Noun. (zoology) A mammal of the order ''Primates'', including simians and prosimians. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) A simian anthropoid; an ape, human(,) or large monkey. ¹

3. Noun. (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. ¹

4. Noun. (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province. ¹

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Definition of Primate

1. any of an advanced order of mammals [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Primate

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Literary usage of Primate

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Owing to the severity of the laws there was no primate resident in Ireland for twenty-three years after the flight of primate Ma- guire, in 1691. ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"primate (Lat. primas, one first in rank), a hierarchical title generally given to archbishops, and sometimes to bishops, and denoting jurisdiction or ..."

3. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1656 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1903)
"A counter-claim to the interest of primate was, however, put forward on behalf of Thomas Wray, a recusant and delinquent, whose estate was under ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"The advice of the primate of Egypt had already prepared the clergy of ... of the Christians were firmly attached to the cause of their oppressed primate. ..."

5. The Harleian Miscellany; Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and by William Oldys, John J. Malham (1810)
"This being a copy of Richard Earl of Cork's Memorials, as also of Henry Usher, sometime Lord primate of Armagh, being also entered amongst Sir James Ware's ..."

6. The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the Revolution by David Hume (1807)
"Accession of William Rufus—Conspiracy against the king—Invasion of Normandy—The Crusades— Acquisition of Normandy—Quarrel with Anselm, the primate—Death—and ..."

7. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"Accession of William Rufus—Conspiracy against the king—Invasion of Normandy—The crusades—Acquisition of Normandy— Quarrel with Anselm the primate—Death—and ..."

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