What does the word primary mean?

Usage examples for primary

  1. The primary cause of his anger was the fact that Florence should pretend to know what was better for him than he knew himself. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  2. The primary, and, to do him justice, the strongest, was in his native courage and his generous pride. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. It is well known that in New York it is possible for a young girl to occupy a primary one. – Washington Square by Henry James