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

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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So to best prepare, these valiant bookkeepers should check in at Santa Monica’s premier luxury beach hotel, Shutters on the Beach. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Going to the Oscars? The Best L.A. Hotels for Every Hollywood Type," 22 Feb. 2019 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,, "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 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,, "Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine," 12 July 2018

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In 2011, she was arrested and charged with abusing power as premier in a natural gas deal with Russia. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine," 30 Mar. 2019 Kedrick Pickering, deputy premier of the British Virgin Islands, which was hit by Hurricane Irma last year, said reef insurance was something the country would consider. Emma Farge, The Christian Science Monitor, "Natural ocean barriers could soon be covered by insurance," 15 May 2018 President Donald Trump reportedly called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the premier of her iconic show's revival, according to multiple reports. Leada Gore,, "President Trump calls Roseanne Barr, offers congratulations on show's debut," 29 Mar. 2018 Other experts in Chinese policymaking said that the real contrast right now was between Liu He and his predecessor as vice premier for financial and industrial policy, Ma Kai. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Splits Top Jobs at Central Bank, Adding Another Reformer," 25 Mar. 2018 This could be especially problematic because, throughout most of the tournament, more matches will be played at Armstrong than the facility’s premier venue, Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "From a Blimp? The Moon? Fans Assail Camera Angle at the U.S. Open’s New Stadium," 27 Aug. 2018 The ruling by the National Accountability Court was the latest in a long series of blows to Sharif, the country’s once-popular leader and three-time premier. Washington Post,, "Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption case," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, Merkel won more support among CSU supporters, 61 percent, than Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder, who had 56 percent support, according to the Forsa survey published Monday. Iain Rogers,, "In Bavaria, Anti-Merkel Campaign on Migration Reaches Limits," 28 June 2018 Quint Gallery, one the premier venues for contemporary art, is an excellent example of this sprawling philosophy. G. James Daichendt,, "5 must-see San Diego visual arts experiences," 10 June 2018

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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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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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