All Words > Palmary

illustration Palmary

Palmary

[PAL-mə-ree]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Worthy of the palm; preeminent; superior.

2.

Principal; chief.

Examples of Palmary in a sentence

"Madison’s palmary performance during the spelling bee won her the grand prize."

"As a teacher, her palmary role was educational, but she considered the emotional development of her students to be equally important."

Popularity Over Time

Popularity over time graph
illustration Palmary

About Palmary

From the Latin “palmarius,” meaning “deserving of the palm.”

Did you Know?

Today, palms are sometimes associated with prizes, such as the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and the French Order of the Academic Palms. Fittingly, earlier in history, palm fronds were synonymous with honor. The adjective “palmary” refers to anything worthy of the honor of the palm — that which is palmary is exemplary and superior.

Recent Words

What's the word?