Definition of primo in English:



  • The leading or upper part in a duet.

    • ‘Brahms' waltzes for piano duet were shared out amongst our very competent pianists who, in turn, moved seamlessly up to play first the primo, them the secundo of the waltzes as they progressed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each primo and secondo part also can be played as a solo.’
    • ‘This third march evokes the humor of Haydn, with many funny percussive rhythmic effects in a call and response format between secondo and primo, which Ms. Crawford performed superciliously.’
    • ‘I couldn't resist recording the secondo on my Disklavier and playing the primo along with it.’


North American
  • Of top quality or importance.

    ‘the primo team in the land’
    • ‘Really, isn't it bad enough that stars get free clothes and limos and primo treatment every time they leave the house?’
    • ‘This is a primo opportunity for you to demonstrate your maturity.’
    • ‘Actually it was a definite mixture of people outside, probably because of the primo weather - not that we took in too much of the sun, as we were probably still in the beer garden!’
    • ‘Ken MacLeod's ‘Newton's Wake: A Space Opera’ is indeed primo stuff, as Charlie says.’
    • ‘Ryan and I had the primo seats actually… more luck than planning… the chef came and did all his cooking right smack in front of us.’
    • ‘A full week before the gates even opened for the 12th annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival, eager ticket holders had already started lining up, sleeping in their cars and camping by the side of the road in order to nab a primo campsite.’
    • ‘We'll be back, though, tomorrow afternoon at 3: 00, inarguably one of the primo time slots in all of commercial television.’
    • ‘Best bets are often at Farmer's Markets, where the growers take primo care of what they're selling and often they encourage sampling before you buy.’
    • ‘This double Juno-winner is fresh from recording with primo jazz and groove guitarist John Scofield.’
    • ‘‘It's the primo job in the beverage industry,’ he said.’
    • ‘She graciously shares the copious details from her performances and collaborations with renowned directors, conductors and famed prima donnas and primo dons.’
    • ‘All the fans of primo vino out there may be interested to learn of the launch of a new wine circle in the town.’
    • ‘As a result, only about 4,000 inmates out of a prison population of 1.3 million have these jobs, which are primo jobs from an inmate point of view.’
    • ‘I didn't have to walk far (this time) because I'd snagged a primo spot when I arrived at work this morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The competition for team inclusion has seen some explosive surfing by both short and longboarders, all very energetic and excited at the prospect of representing Navy in this primo event.’
    • ‘A stone's throw from the Gallatin River, the lodge sits in primo trout territory.’
    • ‘It's your choice, but you'll find yourself freestyling through the expansive levels just to take in some sightseeing and to scope out some primo skating spots.’
    • ‘Kristin arranged that a primo surf photographer give some of our group surfing lessons on Manley beach.’
    • ‘Here I am, surfing with the bass player of one of Australia's primo bands at the world famous Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia, 10,000 miles from home.’


Mid 18th century: Italian, literally first.