pre·​miere | \ pri-ˈmyer How to pronounce premiere (audio) , -ˈmir How to pronounce premiere (audio) , -ˈmē-ər; ˌpri-mē-ˈer \
variants: or less commonly première
plural premieres also premières

Definition of premiere

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a first performance or exhibition the premiere of a play the show's premiere episode
2 : the chief actress of a theatrical cast


variants: or less commonly première or \ pri-​ˈmyer How to pronounce premiere (audio) , -​ˈmir How to pronounce premiere (audio) , -​ˈmē-​ər ; ˌpri-​mē-​ˈer \
premiered also premièred; premiering also premièring

Definition of premiere (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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

Definition of premiere (Entry 3 of 3)

: premier In addition to the sporting events, Lillehammer also offers one of Norway's premiere cultural sites in the Maihaugen Open Air Museum …— William E. Schmidt

Examples of premiere in a Sentence

Noun The movie will have its premiere next week. Verb The movie premieres next week.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tragic events of that day have recently garnered much more attention following the premiere of the Showtime series The First Lady’ in April. Melissa Noel, Essence, 6 May 2022 Jon Batiste has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be missing his musical appearances on The Late Show as well as postponing the premiere of American Symphony at Carnegie Hall. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Rachel McAdams and her style team had a busy week with various press events and the premiere of the Doctor Strange sequel, which hits theaters on May 6. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 5 May 2022 The hosts of the YouTube red carpet show interviewed everyone before the premiere. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 May 2022 Another lowlight from the relationship came during the Tokyo premiere of the 2015 Depp film Mordecai. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 The royal family and the Spice Girls have rubbed elbows several times over the years, including when Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry attended the premiere of the girl group's movie Spice World in 1997. Stephanie Petit,, 5 May 2022 The theme of the premiere was 'Red and Fugitive' and Nollywood stars turned out in style to launch the series created by leading Nigerian production company EbonyLife Studios. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 5 May 2022 Mount is still floored by all of this days after the premiere. Nick Romano,, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As for when the show will premiere, Variety reported that filming was underway last November. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2022 There’s also a six-part documentary dedicated to the car called Drive that will premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 The Daryl series will no doubt require some rewrites now that Carol is gone, and the show is supposed to shoot this summer in Europe to likely premiere in 2023. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The advent of short 8- and 10-episode seasons, plus the binge release in streaming, turned this into the time frame for outlets to premiere their big Emmy contenders — right before the May 31 cutoff. Michael Schneider, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 The Gilliands will portray high school versions of Tegan and Sara, and the show will premiere through Amazon Freevee. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 28 Apr. 2022 In 2018, the young composer was in Detroit to premiere a concert piece at the DSO’s Heroes Gala. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 Why else, Quinn asked, would streamers be falling over themselves to premiere their most prestigious movies at film festivals like Sundance? Ryan Faughnderstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 American director Kelly Reichardt, whose new film Showing Up will premiere in competition in official selection at the main Cannes Film Festival, will be honored by Directors Fortnight with its lifetime achievement honor. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hands aren’t nearly strong enough to hold off premiere interior defensive lineman from getting pressures. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 With the addition of six-time All-Pro inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, Jones has a premiere mentor. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The stock trades at only 14.5x forward earnings despite its premiere digital properties. Jon Markman, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The Colts finished in the top 10 in turnovers and defensive efficiency last season and then traded for a premiere edge rusher in Yannick Ngakoue. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Apr. 2022 The premiere episode of Red Table Talk season five premiered on Wednesday (April 20), the first installment since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face at the Oscars on March 27. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 Unlike the rest of the world’s premiere big-wave venues, Nazaré doesn’t have an adjacent deep-water channel for a jet-ski driver to access and safely get back out beyond the breaking waves. Andrew Lewis, Outside Online, 19 Mar. 2022 With all that power and fame, supes often act like out-of-control celebrities, and the Seven, Vought's premiere team, are the worst. Nick Romano,, 19 Jan. 2022 The Ernest Tubb Record Shop was the premiere classic country music resource in the world. Matt Powell, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of premiere


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premiere


(sense 1) borrowed from French première, short for première représentation "first performance"; (sense 2) probably noun derivative of premiere entry 3


verb derivative of premiere entry 1


alteration of premier entry 1

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“Premiere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for premiere


pre·​miere | \ pri-ˈmyer How to pronounce premiere (audio) , -ˈmir \

Kids Definition of premiere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a first showing or performance


premiered; premiering

Kids Definition of premiere (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have a first showing or performance The movie premieres next week.


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