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

Definition of premiere

 (Entry 1 of 3)


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

Definition of premiere (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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

Definition of premiere (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to give a first public performance of

intransitive verb

1 : to have a first public performance
2 : to appear for the first time as a star performer

Examples of premiere in a Sentence


The movie will have its premiere next week.


The movie premieres next week.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But that’s not stopping her from presenting a world-premiere solo event with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra this Saturday. Andrea Domanick,, "Best live music in L.A.: Nile Rodgers, Chrissie Hynde, Billie Eilish and more," 3 July 2019 There are limited details right now about the 90210 reboot, and there is no set premiere date. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton‘s son is already a movie-premiere pro! Jen Juneau,, "Family Movie Night! Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Take Son Gus, 8, to Rampage Premiere," 6 Apr. 2018 From the Big Five networks to premium cable to streaming, here’s a handy guide to the premiere dates for all of the biggest shows. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Fall TV premiere dates 2019: When every new and returning show debuts," 24 June 2019 The premiere date is still TBD, but according to ABC, the time will be 10 p.m. EST on its new day. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Rookie’ Season 2 Is Airing on a Totally Different Day This Fall," 22 June 2019 The freak-out is the point, at least if the premiere episode is to be believed. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Trolling America in HBO’s Euphoria," 19 June 2019 The team won its first group dance of the season in the show's premiere episode, proving the high level of talent among the gang of brand-new dancers. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Dance Moms' Star GiaNina Paolantonio Is Already A Professional Dancer," 11 June 2019 However, one deceptively subtle encounter may be the premiere’s most Monterey-shattering moment. Ariana Romero,, "Here's Why Madeline Should Be Worried After That Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cameron's passing happened just weeks before the premiere of Descendant 3, slated for August 2. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Disney Channel Cancels "Descendants 3" Red Carpet and Will Dedicate the Telecast to Cameron Boyce," 12 July 2019 YouTube is also adding a new chat feature called Super Stickers, which fans can buy during live events and premieres to show appreciation for their favorite creators. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money," 11 July 2019 Later this month, Beyoncé and Meghan Markle may meet at the premiere in London—which would be yet another iconic moment. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's New, Original 'Lion King' Song Is the Power Anthem of 2019," 10 July 2019 In Moonlight Stage Productions’ area premiere of the 2013 Broadway musical, which opens next week, Ashley Fox Linton plays Miss Honey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As ‘Matilda’ lands at Moonlight, Del Mar’s Ashley Fox Linton gets a read on musical about book-loving youngster," 9 July 2019 His calm pervades Shangri-La, a four-part docuseries that takes its name from his historic Malibu studio and premieres on Showtime July 12, the same day all four episodes will appear on the network’s streaming app. Judy Berman, Time, "Showtime's Extremely Authorized Rick Rubin Docuseries Shangri-La Is Flawed But Sublime," 9 July 2019 Now, just weeks from Hobbs & Shaw's Aug. 2 premiere, the lawsuit figures to really rev up as today's decision also hits the gas pedal on discovery. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Universal Stuck in Court With 'Fast and Furious' Producer," 8 July 2019 Of course, there's the very summery season 3 premiere of Stranger Things arriving on Thursday, July 4 at 3 a.m. ET on the dot. Kathryn Lindsay,, "This Is Exactly How You Should Binge Stranger Things This Weekend," 5 July 2019 Because of that experience, Flores is dedicating ticket sale proceeds from the Houston premiere of Above the Best to the PTSD Foundation of America’s Camp Hope. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Award-winning movie ‘Above the Best’ premieres in Houston," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Starting Tuesday, July 9, Love Island will premiere on CBS every weeknight until the August 7 finale. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why ‘Love Island’ Is Already So Controversial Ahead of Its U.S.A. Premiere," 9 July 2019 Final season or not, season 4 would likely premiere next fall. Rachel Paige,, "Untangling Stranger Things 3's Giant Eleven Twist & Everything It Changes," 5 July 2019 Stranger Things Season 3 will premiere on Netflix on July 4, 2019 with eight new episodes. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Stranger Things Season 3 Online," 3 July 2019 The third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, will premiere on the 4th of July, as will a long-form Coca-Cola campaign, at the exact same time and in the same place. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Stranger Things is perfect for product promo," 3 July 2019 LitLit, the Little Literary Fair, will premiere July 20 and 21 at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, the arts complex in L.A.'s Downtown Arts District. Michael Schaub,, "New L.A. book fair LitLit comes to Hauser & Wirth presented by L.A. Review of Books," 25 June 2019 The movie, which is not considered a remake of the original, will premiere 25 years after the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan teamed up to ward off aliens. Jenna West,, "LeBron, Bugs Bunny and More: Here's Everything We Know About 'Space Jam 2'," 20 June 2019 The sixth and final season will premiere on August 25. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'Power' Cast Marks Last Day Of Filming Ever In Touching Farewell Messages," 19 June 2019 Veronica Mars season four will premiere on Hulu on July 26, and the streaming platform will soon add all three original seasons (plus the 2013 movie) to its library in the leadup. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "We used to be friends: Veronica Mars is back in the first full season 4 trailer," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of premiere


1768, in the meaning defined above


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for premiere


alteration of premier entry 1


French première, from feminine of premier first

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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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