Definition and Meanings for primary

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Primary is ranked 3,890 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of primary

adjective, noun

Etymology of primary

l. primarius, fr. primus first: cf. f. primaire. see prime, a., and cf. premier, primero

Meaning of primary

as adjective, adjective

  • first in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original.
  • first in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools.
  • first in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance.
  • earliest formed; fundamental.
  • illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.

as noun

  • that which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter.
  • a primary meeting; a caucus.
  • one of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. see plumage, and illust. of bird.
  • a primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. see under planet.
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