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 Without giving anything away, the premiere must account for the sudden absence of Rose's Kate Kane. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Batwoman' gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show," 16 Jan. 2021 Leslie also revealed that her brother was more excited about the upcoming season four premiere of Black Lightning on February 8. Naledi Ushe,, "Javicia Leslie Shares Family’s Response to Her Getting Batwoman Role," 15 Jan. 2021 Q&As after each film’s premiere showing, and the movies will have a limited streaming window. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "The Sundance Film Festival is open to all this year. Here’s how to navigate the virtual offerings," 15 Jan. 2021 In the season 5 premiere, viewers were given hope that Laurel might still be alive in the present-day storyline. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jennifer C. Holmes Opens Up About Her Powerful Performance as Laurel on 'This Is Us'," 13 Jan. 2021 More details including exact premiere dates and times will be announced in March. Globe Staff,, "Celebrity Series offers home concerts recorded around the world," 8 Jan. 2021 The rest of the episode represents a far more normie season premiere/RuPaul infomercial (thank god). Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Spy Who Dragged Me," 8 Jan. 2021 The two agencies were considered the premiere independent booking operation through much of the 1990s . Dave Brooks, Billboard, "ICM Partners Hires Industry Vets Ron Kaplan, Garry Buck and Alex Buck," 6 Jan. 2021 This makes Bridgerton Netflix's fifth-largest original series premiere ever, according to TV Line. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Bridgerton Had the 5th Biggest Premiere in Netflix History," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The couple competes against Victoria in the upcoming season of Rock the Block, which is set to premiere this March. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Alison Victoria Pens Sweet Tribute Following the Death of Her Father," 13 Jan. 2021 Showtime smartly greenlit the third season, set to premiere at the end of January. Washington Post, "8 hidden TV gems you might have missed (or forgotten about) in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Netflix's upcoming ballet thriller Tiny Pretty Things is set to premiere on Dec. 14, and is sure to become your newest Netflix obsession. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Everything to Know About 'Tiny Pretty Things,' Netflix's Newest Thriller," 12 Dec. 2020 Variety and Deadline reported the reboot, which is set to premiere in 2021, will feature original cast members Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "'iCarly' reboot ordered by Paramount+ with original cast members: reports," 11 Dec. 2020 Disney Studios President of Production Sean Bailey announced on Thursday that Adams will star in an Enchanted sequel, entitled Disenchanted, set to premiere on Disney+. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Amy Adams Returns to Disney for an Enchanted Sequel," 11 Dec. 2020 The theatrical release date for the Warner Bros. film has been delayed multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is now set to premiere on HBO Max and in select theaters on Dec. 25. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Patty Jenkins addresses decision to release 'Wonder Woman 1984' on HBO Max," 8 Dec. 2020 According to a source familiar with the announcement, Discovery will reveal their new global streaming service, which is set to premiere in early 2021, on December 4. Emily Strohm,, "Discovery’s New Streaming Service to Premiere Fixer Upper Reboot Early — How to Watch," 2 Dec. 2020 Malcolm & Marie will premiere on the streaming service February 5, 2021. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Zendaya and John David Washington’s ‘Malcolm & Marie’ Is Coming To Netflix," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Meanwhile, Robinson, 26, established himself as one of the game’s premiere deep threats — making 44.6% of his 8.3 attempts per game from behind the arc. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "DK Metcalf, Fernando Tatis Jr., Tyler Herro and Sarah Fuller top list of breakout sports stars in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Post-premiere, the show will be available to watch on demand for two days. Natalie Morin,, "TikTok’s Ratatouille Musical Is Real & You Can Watch It," 10 Dec. 2020 Titles of the roughly 70 movies to appear at Sundance, the premiere independent film showcase in the nation, will be announced Dec. 15. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Sundance Film Fest hitting close to home," 2 Dec. 2020 Skype emerged in 2003 and remains one of the world’s premiere video chat apps that roughly 100 million people use per month, as of 2020. Ben Flanagan |, al, "How do you even do a virtual Thanksgiving with your family?," 24 Nov. 2020 The financial crisis forced Special Olympics Oregon to cancel its premiere annual event, the Summer Games, which has yet to return. oregonlive, "Special Olympics Oregon gives athletes ‘a way to be a part of something’: Season of Sharing 2020," 16 Nov. 2020 At another pre-premiere press event, for Netflix UK & Ireland, Corrin chose a collared, yellow frock to play popular British pub game Fives with co-star Olivia Colman. Eliza Huber,, "Emma Corrin Channelled Princess Diana’s Style On The Crown Press Tour," 14 Nov. 2020 Randall’s premiere drama revolves around both his fight with Kevin and another real-world issue, à la coronavirus: the murder of George Floyd and the social justice actions and discussions that followed. Amanda Ostuni,, "This Is Us premiere recap: Hindsight is 2020 in 'Forty'," 28 Oct. 2020 Amid the ongoing economic fallout from the pandemic, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, one of the region’s premiere luxury hotels, is laying off 462 workers — half its staff, according to affected employees. Express-news Staff,, "Timeline of coronavirus in San Antonio: August," 4 Sep. 2020

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of premiere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the first time a film, play, television show, etc., is shown or performed



English Language Learners Definition of premiere (Entry 2 of 2)

of a movie, play, television show, etc. : to be shown or performed for the first time
: to show or perform (a movie, play, television show, etc.) for the first time


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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