premier

adjective
pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir, -ˈmyir, -ˈmē-ər; ˈprē-ˌmir, -ˌmyir, -ˌmē-ər, ˈpre- \

Definition of premier

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

premier

noun

Definition of premier (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from premier

Noun

premiership \ pri-​ˈmir-​ˌship , -​ˈmyir-​, -​ˈmē-​ər-​ ; ˈprē-​ˌmir-​, -​ˌmyir-​, -​ˌmē-​ər-​, ˈpre-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for premier

Synonyms: Adjective

earliest, first, foremost, headmost, inaugural, initial, leadoff, maiden, original, pioneer, virgin

Antonyms: Adjective

final, last, latest, latter, terminal, terminating, ultimate

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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

Demarcus Lawrence is one of the NFL’s premier pass-rushers. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys," 17 Sep. 2018 The bidding escalated in the battle for Sky, Britain’s premier subscription-TV broadcaster. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 Its combination of strategically curated shops, bars and restaurants, plus a ripple of buyers flowing out of more expensive swaths of central London, has swept it into the premier league of city real estate. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "How Marylebone Became One of London’s Hottest Neighborhoods," 7 June 2018 This team in Mexico’s premier league brings the world’s best soccer football to the San Diego/Tijuana region. James Clark, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 Apr. 2018 That may say as much about the unfair nature of the deal MLB and its players' union struck with Japan's premier league than anything else, or Ohtani's decision to join MLB now rather than wait two more seasons and be a true free agent. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Reminder: Shohei Ohtani may end up the greatest bargain in MLB history," 4 Apr. 2018 Parking woes have grown in Over-the-Rhine in the wake of a massive revitalization that has transformed the neighborhood into the city's premier entertainment district and hot spot for urban living. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 In a single day, the Golden State Warriors power forward visited chateaus Cheval Blanc, Angelus, Petrus, Cos d’Estournel and Montrose — some of the world’s premier wineries. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine," 12 July 2018 The 2018 World Cup marks England's 15th time in the world's premier soccer tournament. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Has England Ever Won the World Cup?," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ghostly International is one of the world’s premier electronic music labels. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Analogue’s limited edition SNES has custom sounds from your favorite Ghostly artists," 3 Dec. 2018 Receive free nights now through October 31, 2018 at Jamaica’s premier resort. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Free Nights This Summer!," 26 Oct. 2018 The petitioner, Abdul Wahab Baloch, alleges Khan should be disqualified as premier for failing to declare the child. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistan parliament elects Imran Khan's ally as speaker," 15 Aug. 2018 Design goals called for the JSF to be the premier strike aircraft through 2040, second only to the F-22 Raptor in air supremacy. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 According to the Berkshires’ own premier real estate agency, the age of metropolitan couples that flock to the Great Barrington area has become younger over the last few years, adding to that undeniable regeneration to the fabric of the town. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC — the nation’s premier consumer protection agency — of its authority over internet service providers. Keith Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "Repeal of Net neutrality is official. Here’s how that could affect you.," 11 June 2018 The gathering will also be the first visit of a Chinese premier to Japan since 2011. NBC News, "China, Japan, South Korea set aside disputes for summit amid Trump trade threats," 8 May 2018 Violence is so pervasive in this city, once a premier Mexican tourist destination, that criminology has become a thriving new profession. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of premier

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premier

Adjective

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

Noun

French, from premier, adjective, from Old French

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premier

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English Language Learners Definition of premier

: most important or best

premier

adjective
pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir, ˈprē-mē-ər\

Kids Definition of premier

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: first in importance, excellence, or rank premier scientists

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