One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin prīmipīlāris senior centurion of a legion, primipilus, person who performs this function, in post-classical Latin also as adjective, of or belonging to a primipilus (3rd cent.), that is a primipilus from prīmipīlus + -āris. Compare French primipilaire, noun.
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