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

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

But the new South Australian premier has cast doubts about whether the plan would go forward. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change," 11 Oct. 2018 Here’s a first look at where things are headed when the season premiers on November 16th. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: House of Cards, Halloween, and more," 8 Sep. 2018 And San Antonio spent some $60 million on improvements ahead of the 2018 event, ensuring that the dome is kept up-to-date as a premier sports facility, Nirenberg said. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio delegation seeks a return of the NCAA’s Final Four tournament," 11 July 2018 Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until 2003, emerged from retirement to lead his alliance to an election victory bolstered by anger over the 1MDB scandal. Washington Post, "Malaysia names new central bank governor," 22 June 2018 Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden among the Mets' greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment Saturday. Houston Chronicle, "Mets designate Matt Harvey for assignment after refusing demotion to minors," 4 May 2018 Remigino started one of the premier meets in the state – the Hartford Public Invitational in 1970 – and over the years, invited top runners from New England and New York to compete. Staff Report, courant.com, "U.S. Olympic Team, USA Track And Field Honor Lindy Remigino On Social Media," 13 July 2018 Pak Pong Ju, who was dismissed as North Korean premier in 2007 reportedly for pursuing market liberalization, was restored to that position five years ago, and now has responsibility for the economy. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 Mattarella put that premier-designate, Carlo Cottarelli, on hold after the 5-Stars and the League indicated willingness to compromise on their ministers. Colleen Barry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Italy forms western Europe's first populist government," 1 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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