Definition of primo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprēmō/

noun (plural primos)

The leading or upper part in a duet.
Example sentences
  • I couldn't resist recording the secondo on my Disklavier and playing the primo along with it.
  • Each primo and secondo part also can be played as a solo.
  • Listen as closely as you like to this recording and you will not be able to tell which of the two played primo and which secondo in the Schubert A-Flat major Variations, such was their mutual respect and sensitivity.


North American informal
Of top quality or importance: the primo team in the land
More example sentences
  • Really, isn't it bad enough that stars get free clothes and limos and primo treatment every time they leave the house?
  • A stone's throw from the Gallatin River, the lodge sits in primo trout territory.
  • Oakhurst, in particular, has reaped the rewards of this new respect for juices, teas and waters, as its products have received primo placement, proving that it's all a matter of being in the right place at the right time.


Mid 18th century: Italian, literally 'first'.

Words that rhyme with primo

emo, supremo

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pri·mo

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