Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of first-rate importance; principal; excellent: a palmary truth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Worthy of the palm; preeminent; superior.
  • adj. principal; chief

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Palmar.
  • adj. Worthy of the palm; palmy; preëminent; superior; principal; chief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as palmar.
  • Worthy of receiving the palm; preëminent; chief; conspicuous.

Etymologies

Latin palmārius, decorated with the palm of victory, from palma, palm; see palm2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin palmarius, palmaris belonging to palms, deserving the palm or prize. (Wiktionary)

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