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

Getty Images The premiere party for the final season of Game of Thrones was held in New York City this week, and both current and former cast members were invited. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Pose for an "Awkward" Picture with Joffrey from 'Game of Thrones'," 6 Apr. 2019 The premiere performance on May 2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, produced a gross of $2.1 million to kick off the six-month jaunt booked in 30 cities worldwide. Bob Allen, Billboard, "U2's Experience + Innocence Tour Kickoff Impacts New Hot Tours Roundup," 18 May 2018 Home-reno lovers can rest easy: HGTV's Good Bones season 4 officially has a premiere date: May 14. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "What to Know about HGTV's Good Bones Season 4," 15 Apr. 2019 It’s early days for the new spin-off right now, so there’s no premiere date to start the countdown towards just yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "What Is 'Katy Keene' About? This 'Riverdale' Spin-Off Is Star-Studded," 12 Mar. 2019 The revelation of Camille’s scars at the end of Sharp Objects’ premiere episode was a striking and bold image, introducing a raw subject that TV rarely touches. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 2 Recap: Appearances Are Everything," 16 July 2018 The premiere date is yet to be announced, but according to Vanity Fair, production is set to begin this year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Mrs. America: Everything We Know So Far About Cate Blanchett's FX Show," 10 Jan. 2019 The streaming service released Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why early Friday, before the shooting, and had scheduled a premiere event for later that evening in Los Angeles. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Netflix cancels '13 Reasons Why' premiere event in wake of Texas high school shooting," 18 May 2018 And this is with the sport's premiere event, the Indianapolis 500, still four races and six weeks away. Elton Alexander,, "IndyCar 2018: Live scoring, TV, live streaming, schedule for Grand Prix of Long Beach," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No official season two premiere date has been announced yet, but the CBS press release has the series slated for the 2019-2020 TV broadcast season. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Is 'FBI' Renewed for a Second Season? Here's Everything We Know," 30 Apr. 2019 The imagery also reflected a brand new premiere date. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 No premiere date has been set for the final season of the action thriller. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Homeland' coming to an end after eighth season, Showtime exec confirms," 6 Aug. 2018 Season 6, which has yet to be given a premiere date, will be the series finale. Rebecca Farley,, "Robin Wright Addresses Co-Star Kevin Spacey: "I Didn't Know Him"," 9 July 2018 Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date but has released brief teasers and photos of Wright back to work. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Robin Wright Opens Up About Former House of Cards Costar Kevin Spacey's Sexual Assault Allegations," 8 July 2018 In order to hit a fall premiere date, writers and producers will need to work on an expedited schedule. NBC News, "'Roseanne' spinoff 'The Conners' ordered by ABC, but without Roseanne Barr," 22 June 2018 Season 6 of the Emmy-winning Netflix prison dramedy finally has a premiere date. Joe Otterson,, "'Orange Is the New Black' sets Season 6 premiere date," 5 June 2018 The troupe’s run at the Joyce Theater is a celebration of the feminine, including a New York premiere that deserves a lasting spot in its repertory. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The EVE Project’ Review: The Mother of Martha Graham Dance Company Themes," 10 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 9 episode miniseries will premiere June 9th in GOT's Sunday spot, giving us a two week break post Battle of Winterfell to dive back into drama. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 The series will premiere on new video subscription service Apple TV Plus in 2020. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Oprah's Apple TV Plus Series Will Focus on Mental Health," 10 Apr. 2019 The Silence will premiere this Wednesday, April 10, on Netflix. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka and her "CAOS" Costar Miranda Otto Teamed Up for New Netflix Thriller "The Silence"," 8 Apr. 2019 Company founder and artistic director Jennifer Backhaus will premiere a brand new work, Dwight Rhoden of New York’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet will present a piece, and Israeli dancer and choreographer Ido Tadmor will offer a new performance. Richard Chang,, "Irvine Barclay Theatre's 2018-19 Contemporary Dance Series will add an international spark," 31 May 2018 On Monday, Lifetime announced the forthcoming made-for-television movie Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story will premiere on Memorial Day (May 27). Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Your First Look at the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Biopic Sequel on Lifetime," 27 Mar. 2019 Best Room Wins—hosted by design maven Genevieve Gorder and judged by ELLE Decor Editor-in-Chief Whitney Robinson—will premiere on Thursday, May 2nd, at 9:30 p.m. EST. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A First Look at Best Room Wins, Bravo’s New Interior Design Competition Series," 14 Mar. 2019 All in all, a compelling case for the argument that rom-coms are making a comeback.. The film is set to premiere in January 2019. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Men Want," 14 Aug. 2018 Season 2 is slated to premiere sometime in early 2019. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Star Trek: Discovery’s season 2 trailer teases Spock, Christopher Pike, and Tig Notaro," 20 July 2018

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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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