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pre·​mier pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio)
ˈprē-ˌmir How to pronounce premier (audio)
: first in position, rank, or importance
: first in time : earliest


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pri-ˈmir-ˌship How to pronounce premier (audio)


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pre·​mier pri-ˈmyer How to pronounce premier (audio) -ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio)

less common spelling of premiere entry 2

intransitive verb

: to have a first public performance
: to appear for the first time as a star performer

transitive verb

: to give a first public performance of

Examples of premier in a Sentence

Adjective a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



Middle English primer, primier "first in time, first in rank, foremost," borrowed from Anglo-French primer, premer, premyer "first, earliest, most important" (continental Old & Middle French primier, premier), going back to Latin prīmārius "of the highest importance or station (of persons), first-rate, chief" — more at primary entry 1

Note: Since its adoption in late Middle English, this word has shown influence in both pronunciation and spelling from Middle French and French premier.


short for premier minister, after French premier ministre "first minister"

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1707, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Premier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
pre·​mier pri-ˈm(y)i(ə)r How to pronounce premier (audio) ˈprē-mē-ər How to pronounce premier (audio)
: first in position, rank, or importance : principal
: first in time : earliest


2 of 2 noun
: the chief minister of government : prime minister
premiership noun

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