how to pronounce primate


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primate is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of primate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… in a non-human primate and we always …”

meanings of primate


  1. In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.
  2. In the Orthodox Church, the presiding bishop of an ecclesiastical jurisdiction or region. Usually, the expression primate refers to the first hierarch of an autocephalous or autonomous Orthodox church. Less often, it is used to refer to the ruling bishop of an archdiocese or diocese.
  3. In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circumscription.
  4. A simian anthropoid; an ape, human or monkey.
  5. A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.

primate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word primate occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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