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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

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

  2. primatenoun

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

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

  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.

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

  4. primatenoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primateadjective

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

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

  2. Primateadjective

    one of the Primates

    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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Sascha Frühholz:

    The results of our study are surprising, researchers usually assume the primate and human cognitive system to be specifically tuned to detect signals of danger and threat in the environment as a mechanism of survival.

  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. Chuan Qin:

    Because of the similar immune response of [nonhuman primates] and human beings, [nonhuman primate] models are better to evaluate vaccines than other animals.

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