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

The strategy is one of several aimed at disrupting key businesses in Asia's premier financial hub. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Protesters are calling for a run on the Hong Kong dollar. Here's why that won't work," 6 Sep. 2019 The tournament, auction and dinner is hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice with Disabled American Veterans as premier sponsor and Marsh & McLennan as platinum sponsor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fishing club hosts fundraiser to benefit area Marines, youths," 9 Sep. 2019 But build it, and even more premier sporting events will come to town. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Broncos can call stadium anything they want, so long as Colorado taxpayers never are called on again to build team a new home," 5 Sep. 2019 Skagit Valley, approximately an hour north of Seattle, happens to be one of the world’s premier barley-growing regions. Fortune, "How This Pacific Northwest Distiller Is Making a New American Whiskey From the Ground Up," 31 Aug. 2019 Ohio’s premier evening run where runners of every experience level can participate in a variety of races. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 Instead, the skyscraper’s premier Manhattan address — One Central Park West — would get top billing for the residences, while the Trumps would continue to manage the property and keep their name on signs for the hotel. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019 The team has one of the premier home run hitters in baseball. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Working late is working great for Dodgers," 9 Aug. 2019 Analysts said the outlook for growth in Asia's premier financial hub was weak, and could deteriorate further if protests seen over the past two months continue. Laura He, CNN, "Hong Kong's economy is slumping. Mass protests could make things much worse," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its premier is Kim Kielsen of the left-leaning Siumut party., "What makes Greenland so appealing that Trump would want it?," 21 Aug. 2019 For a premier, top-five job like USC, a name like Penn State’s James Franklin would make sense, too. Los Angeles Times, "College football 2019: Which Power Five coaching jobs might open up?," 18 Aug. 2019 The new season Flip or Flop premiers on #HGTV TOMORROW August 1st at 9 PM ET/PT so be sure to save the date! . Megan Stein, Country Living, "Did Tarek El Moussa Just Hint That 'Flip or Flop' Is Ending?," 8 Aug. 2019 Internet shutdowns were a regular occurrence under Ethiopia's former premier Hailemariam Desalegn and, despite Abiy's promises to protect freedom of expression, there have already been several such disruptions during his short reign. Samuel Woodhams, CNN, "Ethiopia's leader promised to protect freedom of expression. But he keeps flicking the internet kill switch," 15 July 2019 Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, provides juicy insights into the Russian space program. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Chasing the Moon’: PBS’ incisive look at NASA, Apollo 11," 2 July 2019 On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran — the first time a sitting Japanese premier has visited the country in the 40 years since its Islamic Revolution — to act as mediator between the two feuding nations. Melissa Etehad,, "As Japan’s premier visits Tehran, here’s what you need to know about U.S.-Iran tensions," 12 June 2019 This premier event honors the legacy of Nativity Schools’ and Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School’s founding president Rev. Peter Pabst, SJ. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for Sept. 13," 11 Sep. 2019 Anyone else counting down the days 'til this movie premiers? Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "It's Official: Awkwafina Will Star In the Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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