Pronunciation: (prī'mu-sē),[key] —n., —pl.-ciesfor 2, 3. 1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
2. Also called primateship.Eng. Eccles. the office, rank, or dignity of a primate.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch.the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.