Definition of primo uomo in English:

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primo uomo

Pronunciation: /ˌprēmō ˈwōmō/

noun (plural primi uomini /ˌprēmē ˈwōmēnē/)

The principal male singer in an opera or opera company.
Example sentences
  • From the late seventeenth century the central male operatic role (primo uomo) in opera seria was sung by a castrato.
  • In another time he would have plotted with the primo uomo to sing badly and ruin one of my operas, or with others of his ilk to spread rumors about me.
  • The prima donna and primo uomo (the hero, generally a castrato) each had at least one large-scale display aria in every act, followed by an exit.


Italian, literally 'first man'.

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Syllabification: pri·mo uo·mo

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