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[im-prahy-mis, -pree-] /ɪmˈpraɪ mɪs, -ˈpri-/
in the first place.
Origin of imprimis
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin, contraction of phrase in prīmīs in the first place, above all Unabridged
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  • imprimis memorandum exemplum quod Anshelmus Boetius de seipso refert, tam mutati Coloris, quam casu preservationis.

  • imprimis, when I am speaking at the same time with three others.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • "imprimis," York began, with his pen on the lease form before him.

    The Reclaimers Margaret Hill McCarter
  • imprimis they are working in what may be called the regular English methods.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • imprimis of Jane Shaxper for default of sute of court fined, 4d.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • All weighs against it: imprimis, 'tis well known that Ghosts cannot lay plots or act on them.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • imprimis, most would not hatch; the finest Brahma eggs contained the commonest barn-yard fowls.

  • imprimis:—I know you are intimate with that inimitable child of whim, Charles Mathews.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • Qui studet alterius risum captare lepore,imprimis rictum contrahat ipse suum.

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • imprimis, he has no wig, but a fine expansive front with a clean bald pate.

    Blue-Stocking Hall, Vol. 1 (of 3) William Pitt Scargill
British Dictionary definitions for imprimis


(archaic) in the first place
Word Origin
C15: from Latin phrase in prīmīs, literally: among the first things
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