|1.||any placental mammal of the order Primates, typically having flexible hands and feet with opposable first digits, good eyesight, and, in the higher apes, a highly developed brain: includes lemurs, lorises, monkeys, apes, and man|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the order Primates|
|[C18: from New Latin primates, plural of prīmās principal, from prīmus first]|
|1.||another name for archbishop|
|2.||Primate of all England the Archbishop of Canterbury|
|3.||Primate of England the Archbishop of York|
|[C13: from Old French, from Latin prīmās principal, from prīmus first]|
primate pri·mate (prī'māt')
A mammal of the order Primates, which includes the anthropoids and prosimians, characterized by refined development of the hands and feet, a shortened snout, and a large brain.
|primate (prī'māt') Pronunciation Key
Any of various mammals of the order Primates, having a highly developed brain, eyes facing forward, a shortened nose and muzzle, and opposable thumbs. Primates usually live in groups with complex social systems, and their high intelligence allows them to adapt their behavior successfully to different environments. Lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans are primates.
The order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes, and human beings. Primates are distinguished from other animals in that they generally possess limbs capable of performing a variety of functions, hands and feet adapted for grasping (including opposable thumbs), flattened snouts, and other anatomical features. (See Linnean classification.)