Definition of primary noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

primary

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈpraɪˌmɛri//
 
, NAmE//ˈpraɪməri//
 
(pl. primaries)(also primary election)
 
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an election in which people in a particular area vote to choose a candidate for a future important election the Illinois primary the presidential primaries
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: primary