Definition of primitive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɪmətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪmətɪv//
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  1. 1an artist of the period before the Renaissance; an example of work from this period
  2. 2an artist who paints in a very simple style like a child; an example of the work of such an artist
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘original, not derivative’): from Old French primitif, -ive, from Latin primitivus ‘first of its kind’, from primus ‘first’.
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