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definition of the word primate

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From Old French or French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primus (prime, first rank)

Singular
primate

Plural
primates

primate (plural primates)

  1. (zoology) A mammal of the order Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans.
  2. (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.
  3. (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of a province.

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