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

Definition of premier

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Definition of premier (Entry 2 of 3)


pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmyer How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmē-ər; ˌpri-mē-ˈer \

Definition of premier (Entry 3 of 3)

less common spelling of premiere entry 2

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to give a first public performance of

Other Words from premier


premiership \ pri-​ˈmir-​ˌship How to pronounce premier (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
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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 "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"

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“Premier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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

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