first among equals

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A person or position that if formally equivalent to others in a group, but is superior in some attribute.

Etymology:

  • A calque translation of Latin primus inter pares
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'first among equals':

first among equalsIn the British and other parliamentary systems, a term used to describe the relationship of the prime minister to the other members of the cabinet.
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    Alex
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    Karen
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    Veena
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