MEANING: adjective: Of supreme importance; outstanding; praiseworthy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin palmarius (deserving or carrying the palm), from palma (palm). The branches of the palm tree were carried as symbols of victory in ancient times. The name of the palm tree derives from the resemblance of the shape of its frond to the palm of a hand. Earliest documented use: 1646. Two related words are palmy and palmer.

PALMDRY - some folks' hands get sweaty when they're anxious, but not theirs

PALMART - friends for hire or sale

PAYMARY - what to do when paying Peter or Paul doesn't work

PALMARRY - to marry your best friend (VT and VI)