What does Primate mean?

Definitions for Primate
ˈpraɪ meɪt or, esp. for 1 , -mɪtpri·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archpriest, hierarch, high priest, prelate, primatenoun

    a senior clergyman and dignitary

  2. primatenoun

    any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet


  1. primatenoun

    A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.

    Primates range from lemures to gorillas

  2. primatenoun

    A simian anthropoid; an ape, human or large monkey.

  3. primatenoun

    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.

  4. primatenoun

    In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.

  5. Etymology: From or primat, from a noun use of primat-, from primus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRIMATEnoun

    The chief ecclesiastick.

    Etymology: primat, Fr. primas, Lat.

    When the power of the church was first established, the archbishops of Canterbury and York had then no preheminence one over the other; the former being primate over the Southern, as the latter was over the Northern parts. John Ayliffe.

    The late and present primate, and the lord archbishop of Dublin hath left memorials of his bounty. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Primate

    Primates are a diverse order of mammals. They are divided into the strepsirrhines, which include the lemurs, galagos, and lorisids, and the haplorhines, which include the tarsiers and the simians (monkeys, including apes and humans). Primates arose 85–55 million years ago first from small terrestrial mammals, which adapted to living in the trees of tropical forests: many primate characteristics represent adaptations to life in this challenging environment, including large brains, visual acuity, color vision, a shoulder girdle allowing a large degree of movement in the shoulder joint, and dextrous hands. Primates range in size from Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, which weighs 30 g (1 oz), to the eastern gorilla, weighing over 200 kg (440 lb). There are 376–524 species of living primates, depending on which classification is used. New primate species continue to be discovered: over 25 species were described in the 2000s, 36 in the 2010s, and three in the 2020s. Primates have large brains (relative to body size) compared to other mammals, as well as an increased reliance on visual acuity at the expense of the sense of smell, which is the dominant sensory system in most mammals. These features are more developed in monkeys and apes, and noticeably less so in lorises and lemurs. Most primates also have opposable thumbs. Some primates, including gorillas, humans, and baboons, are primarily terrestrial rather than arboreal, but all species have adaptations for climbing trees. Arboreal locomotion techniques used include leaping from tree to tree and swinging between branches of trees (brachiation); terrestrial locomotion techniques include walking on two limbs (bipedalism) and modified walking on four limbs (knuckle-walking). Primates are among the most social of animals, forming pairs or family groups, uni-male harems, and multi-male/multi-female groups. Non-human primates have at least four types of social systems, many defined by the amount of movement by adolescent females between groups. Primates have slower rates of development than other similarly sized mammals, reach maturity later, and have longer lifespans. Primates are also the most intelligent animals and non-human primates are recorded to use tools. They may communicate using facial and hand gestures, smells and vocalizations. Close interactions between humans and non-human primates (NHPs) can create opportunities for the transmission of zoonotic diseases, especially virus diseases, including herpes, measles, ebola, rabies, and hepatitis. Thousands of non-human primates are used in research around the world because of their psychological and physiological similarity to humans. About 60% of primate species are threatened with extinction. Common threats include deforestation, forest fragmentation, monkey drives, and primate hunting for use in medicines, as pets, and for food. Large-scale tropical forest clearing for agriculture most threatens primates.


  1. primate

    A primate is a type of mammal that belongs to the order Primates. This group includes humans, monkeys, apes, and prosimians such as lemurs and tarsiers. Primates are characterized by their advanced cognitive abilities, opposable thumbs, flexible limb structure, and often, their social nature. They are typically arboreal, living in trees, but there are some exceptions like humans and baboons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primateadjective

    the chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop

  2. Primateadjective

    one of the Primates

  3. Etymology: [OE. primat, F. primat, L. primas, -atis one of the first, chief, fr. primus the first. See Prime, a.]


  1. Primate

    A primate is a mammal of the order Primates, which contains prosimians and simians. Primates arose from ancestors that lived in the trees of tropical forests; many primate characteristics represent adaptations to life in this challenging three-dimensional environment. Most primate species remain at least partly arboreal. With the exception of humans, who inhabit every continent, most primates live in tropical or subtropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia. They range in size from Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, which weighs only 30 g, to the eastern lowland gorilla, weighing over 200 kg. According to fossil evidence, the primitive ancestors of primates may have existed in the late Cretaceous period around 65 million years ago; an early close primate relative known from abundant remains is the Late Paleocene Plesiadapis, circa 55–58 million years ago. Molecular clock studies suggest the primate branch may be even older, originating in the mid-Cretaceous period around 85 mya. The order Primates has traditionally been divided into two main groupings: prosimians and anthropoids. Prosimians have characteristics more like those of the earliest primates, and include the lemurs of Madagascar, lorisoids, and tarsiers. Simians include monkeys, apes and hominins. More recently, taxonomists have preferred to split primates into the suborder Strepsirrhini, or wet-nosed primates, consisting of nontarsier prosimians, and the suborder Haplorhini, or dry-nosed primates, consisting of tarsiers and the simians. Simians are divided into two groups: catarrhine monkeys and apes of Africa and southeastern Asia and platyrrhine or New World monkeys of South and Central America. Catarrhines consist of Old World monkeys, gibbons and great apes; New World monkeys include the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys. Humans are the only extant catarrhines to have spread successfully outside of Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, although fossil evidence shows many other species were formerly present in Europe. New primate species are still being discovered, more than 25 species were taxonomically described in the decade of the 2000s and eleven have been described since 2010.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primate

    prī′māt, n. the first or highest dignitary in a church: an archbishop.—n. Prī′māteship.—adj. Primā′tial.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Primate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Primate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Primate in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Fauci:

    NIH-funded studies that are ongoing right now in both mouse and hamsters confirm the lesser virulence in the animal model. And, studies here at the Vaccine Research Center at NIH, in the nonhuman primate model, are ongoing and will await results of that.

  2. Kristen Miller:

    No primate relative has ever been found at such extreme latitudes, they’re more usually found around the equator in tropical regions. I was able to do a phylogenetic analysis, which helped me understand how the fossils from Ellesmere Island are related to species found in midlatitudes of North America.

  3. Hunt Batjer:

    [It's] a 45-year-old reference in a primate and there is no evidence that the spinal cord was anastomosed functionally.

  4. Erika Fleury:

    Attacks from any privately-owned primate in captivity should be expected because these animals are not living healthy lives where they can express their natural urges and engage in natural behaviors.

  5. Laure Segurel:

    A lot of primate species... also have the differences of being A, being B, being AB, whether it's a great ape or a new world monkey, it's quite intriguing that the differences have been found or maintained in so many different species.

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