Definition of primo ballerino in US English:

primo ballerino


  • The principal male dancer of a ballet company; a skilled or renowned male ballet dancer.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Noel Humphreys (1807–1879), graphic artist and author. From Italian primo ballerino (although this is apparently first attested slightly later: 1847 or earlier) from primo first + ballerino.


primo ballerino

/ˌpriːməʊ baləˈriːnəʊ/