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Definition of "prime" []

  • First in excellence, quality, or value. See Usage Note at perfect. (adjective)
  • First in degree or rank; chief. See Synonyms at chief. (adjective)
  • First or early in time, order, or sequence; original. (adjective)
  • Of the highest U.S. government grade of meat. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a prime number. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prime" in a sentence
  • "'Buy'n ony nigs, Kirke?' said the trader, inserting his arm in mine, and leading me away from the shanty: 'I've got a prime lot -- _prime_;' and he smacked his lips together at the last word, in the manner that is common to professional liquor tasters."
  • "At that time, he added the title prime minister to his previous position as president."
  • "PS - What's the betting he defies tradition and refuses to give up the title prime minister?"