From Latin prīmus (“first”) (modelled after primipara) + Medieval Latin gravida (“pregnant woman”), feminine singular of Latin gravidus (“pregnant, gravid”), from gravō (“to burden, weigh down; to make pregnant”) + -idus (“suffix meaning ‘tending to’ forming adjectives”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɹaɪmɪˈɡɹævɪdə/, /ˌpɹiː-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌpɹaɪməˈɡɹævɪdə/, /-və-/
- Hyphenation: pri‧mi‧gra‧vi‧da
- (obstetrics, veterinary medicine) A woman or female animal who is pregnant for the first time, or who has been pregnant once. [from late 19th c.]