pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmyir, -ˈmē-ər; ˈprē-ˌmir, -ˌmyir, -ˌmē-ər, ˈpre- How to pronounce premier (audio) \

Definition of premier

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1 : first in position, rank, or importance
2 : first in time : earliest



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premiership \ pri-​ˈmir-​ˌship How to pronounce premiership (audio) , -​ˈmyir-​ , -​ˈmē-​ər-​ ; ˈprē-​ˌmir-​ , -​ˌmyir-​ , -​ˌmē-​ər-​ , ˈpre-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for premier

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of premier in a Sentence

Adjective a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From these humble beginnings, the order would grow to become one of the premier Christian military forces of the Crusades. Patrick Masters, Quartz, "The true history of the conspiracy theories about the Knights Templar," 30 Dec. 2019 BGR Group grew rapidly and became one of the premier lobby shops inside the Beltway. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, "Republicans Have No Brand Problem," 19 Dec. 2019 Vendors say the bill could mean trouble for farms outside the city that are premier U.S. producers of the French delicacy. NBC News, "New York City expected to pass bill banning foie gras," 30 Oct. 2019 The work by Fabian Chairez is part of an exhibit about the hero in one of Mexico City's premier arts venues, the Fine Arts Palace. Fox News, "Mexico’s painting of naked revolutionary hero wearing high heels sparks anger, protests," 12 Dec. 2019 The Aces played eight professional seasons in the defunct West Coast Hockey League before embarking on 14 mostly brilliant campaigns in the ECHL, considered the world’s premier AA-level development league. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Make some noise, Cowbell Crew — the boys are back in town for Aces alumni game," 8 Nov. 2019 The long-derelict train station, once a symbol of the city's downfall, is becoming Detroit's premier revitalization project. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Things are still raw inside Michigan Central Station — but progress is happening," 18 Nov. 2019 Facing one of the NFL’s premier defenses, Baker Mayfield was sharp in the first half. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns Halftime Scribbles: Baker Mayfield, defense have a strong first half," 15 Nov. 2019 The defeat leaves one of France's premier sides 14th in Ligue 1 and without a win in their last seven games., "6 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe This Weekend," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Labor has a comfortable majority in Parliament, indicating that a new party leader could become premier without the need for a national election., "Malta leader to resign amid protests over reporter’s death - The Boston Globe," 2 Dec. 2019 Her father became state premier of Lower Saxony and Ursula was his favorite daughter, says Mr. Goffart. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ursula von der Leyen: The making of Europe’s top leader," 2 Dec. 2019 Labor has a comfortable majority in Parliament, indicating that a new party leader could become premier without the need for a national election. NBC News, "Malta prime minister to resign amid protests over reporter's death," 1 Dec. 2019 Candidate no-shows at the state party’s premier event isn’t a new thing. Steven Lemongello,, "Florida Democrats won’t see any presidential candidates in Orlando this weekend," 3 Oct. 2019 Quebec’s premier François Legault told a press conference yesterday (November 28), when the ads began rolling out. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Manitoba had a cheeky response to Quebec’s ban on religious symbols," 29 Nov. 2019 Before becoming America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson was in many ways its premier traveler. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 The Spanish brothers will ride for the team in next year's premier MotoGP championship following the retirement of Jorge Lorenzo. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "Marc and Alex Marquez united in MotoGP for next season," 19 Nov. 2019 Those who say the rule has allowed premier programs to poach away the stars of struggling programs have another example as well. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Jonah Jackson, formerly a captain at Rutgers, bridges the Big Ten’s talent divide," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of premier


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premier


Middle English primer, primier, from Anglo-French, first, chief, from Latin primarius of the first rank — more at primary


French, from premier, adjective, from Old French

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The first known use of premier was in the 15th century

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10 Jan 2020

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“Premier.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of premier

: most important or best


pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , ˈprē-mē-ər \

Kids Definition of premier

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: first in importance, excellence, or rank premier scientists



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not to be intimidated or subdued

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