I.the first among those holding a similar office, a chief, head, superintendent (post-class.): “primicerius in officio Praefectorum Praetorio,” Veg. Mil. 2, 21: “protectorum,” of the guard, Amm. 18, 3, 5: notariorum, the chancellor or chief of the secretaries, Cod. Th. 11, 18, 1: “sacri cubiculi,” the head-chamberlain, Cod. Just. 12, 28, 1 et saep.
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prae-cello - praeclāmĭtātor
prīmĭcērĭus , ii, m. primus - cera; whose name stands first on the wax-coated tablets; hence,