premier

adjective
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

premier

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Definition of premier (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from premier

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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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, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Taking on five of the ten premiers on any issue would be difficult enough for a Canadian prime minister. The Economist, "Justin Trudeau is trapped between eco-warriors and gas-guzzlers," 8 June 2019 In a draft light on premier pitching prospects, 22 of the 34 first-round picks were position players — setting a draft record. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Denver Post, "Orioles draft Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with No. 1 pick," 4 June 2019 An ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a bill in Israel’s parliament on Tuesday to grant lawmakers immunity from criminal prosecution, legislation that would help insulate the premier from corruption charges. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "New Israeli Bill Would Give Netanyahu Immunity From Prosecution," 21 May 2019 In 2003, Dan Sullivan, then a White House national-security staffer, was in the Oval Office when China’s vice premier promised President George W. Bush the country would fix intellectual property theft. Greg Ip, WSJ, "On China, Trump Risks Repeating Experience of Bush and Obama," 27 Feb. 2019 Outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is to resign later Thursday, after which caretaker premier, Nasir-ul-Mulk, takes over for the two-month interim period. Fox News, "Pakistani president signs bill giving tribesmen equal rights," 1 June 2018 The appointment was part of a transition to a new governmental system that reduces the powers of the presidency and bolsters those of the premier. Avet Demourian, BostonGlobe.com, "Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: ‘I was wrong’," 23 Apr. 2018 Anti-government demonstrations erupted almost two weeks ago against the pro-Russian Sargsyan when he was appointed prime minister after a decade as president, part of a new transition of governance that bolsters the role of the premier. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Armenia's prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests," 23 Apr. 2018 Though the new premier favors batteries for energy storage, his policy seems to be far more cautious in renewable-energy adoption. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla virtual power plant may face headwinds under new South Australian premier," 19 Mar. 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 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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