Primus inter pares  

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Primus inter pares (Template:Lang-gr (protos metaxy ison), Template:Lang-en) is Latin phrase describing the most senior person of a group sharing the same rank or office.

When not used in reference to a specific title, it may indicate that the person so described is formally equal, but looked upon as an authority of special importance by their peers. However, in some cases it may also be used to indicate that while the person described appears to be an equal, they actually are the group's unofficial or hidden leader, and thus the reference to this person being "equal" to the rest is intended to project mutual respect and comradery.

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