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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Noun

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

Examples of premier in a Sentence

Adjective

a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies

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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 But Anthony has averaged 24.1 points and shot 44.9 percent in 15 NBA seasons and has been one of the NBA's premier scorers of the past 20 years. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat meets with Carmelo Anthony in anticipation of his exit from Oklahoma City," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

A few days before the start of the Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Tournament, Tyler Fraser texted Wil Lofgren and asked if there was any interest in joining forces as a doubles team in The Queen City's premier amateur event. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton, Little Miami grads team up and take men's Met doubles championship," 13 July 2018 Now Hicks has replaced Chapman as baseball’s premier fireballer. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie has thrown the three fastest pitches in the majors this season, two of them at 105 mph, and seven of the top 10. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "At 105 mph, Jordan Hicks is MLB's hardest thrower. What does that mean for his future?," 10 July 2018 Pixels, Chromecasts, and Google Home speakers are all on steep sales through July 17. The Pixel 2 XL, Google’s premier smartphone, is $100 off both the 64GB and 128GB models, bringing them down to $749 and $849 respectively. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "The Google Store's blowout sale has big deals on the Pixel 2 XL, Chromecast, and Google Home," 9 July 2018 There is a long history of ultrarunners who have fizzled mentally or physically, or both, after a few standout years, rarely returning to their premier form. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "How to Avoid Overtraining," 3 July 2018 Mexico fell 2-0 to Brazil on Monday, marking the seventh straight time that El Tri has failed to reach the quarterfinals — or the fifth game — at soccer’s premier tournament. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Mexico fails again to get to World Cup ‘quinto partido’," 2 July 2018 This year marks the first the agency will offer permits for hunts on the Powderhorn Ranch Wildlife Management Area, a 17,000-acre tract of premier wildlands in Calhoun County. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lottery-like public program offers expanded Texas hunting opportunities," 30 June 2018 Although he’s been charged with five errors in center field this season, advanced metrics point to him as one of the game’s premier defenders. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Miami Marlins 1," 28 June 2018 Just two years into her high school career, Tabugbo has already established herself as one of the state’s premier hurdlers. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Sydney Robinson sprints towards girls outdoor track and field Athlete of the Year honors," 26 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of premier

: most important or best

premier

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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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