pre·​miere | \pri-ˈmyer, -ˈmir, -ˈmē-ər;ˌpri-mē-ˈer \

Definition of premiere 

(Entry 1 of 3)


\pri-ˈmyer, -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, -​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

With its premiere Sunday night on Bravo—a network that’s not a stranger to wealthy women making poor decisions—a whole new demographic was exposed to this shocking-but-true story. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "10 Crucial Ways the Dirty John Show Is Different From the Podcast," 26 Nov. 2018 The closing date of the world-premiere musical remains Aug. 19. Don Aucoin,, "Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’," 18 June 2018 Pretty early in the world-premiere musical Big Red Sun, staged by the 11th Hour Theatre Company at the Christ Church Neighborhood House through June 17, the cracks in that story begin to seem like yawning chasms. Julia M. Klein,, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 The fest kicked things off with a screening of the world-premiere restoration of Mel Brooks' satirical comedy The Producers, starring Gene Wilder and Kenneth Mars, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Ani Mosinyan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Scorsese Honored at TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night," 27 Apr. 2018 And among the dozens of candidates vying for a career in the recording industry, Michelle Sussett is set to receive invaluable exposure in the premiere’s second night on Monday. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Venezuelan refugee living in Sweetwater to sing on ‘American Idol’ | Miami Herald," 7 Mar. 2018 But a family tragedy led to him leaving the show, and Last Man Standing drifted aimlessly through its first season, losing half of its premiere audience. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Last Man Standing perfectly encapsulates the 2010s, for better and for worse," 29 Sep. 2018 The post features a calendar highlighting Jack's birthday, the Big 3's birthdays, and the season premiere date, of course. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, ""This Is Us" Season 3: Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch," 14 Aug. 2018 Cixin Liu, one of China’s premiere science fiction authors, came to international attention with his Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death’s End). Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books that you should check out this month," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The premiere was for Johnson's latest movie, the horror film Suspiria. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Dakota Johnson Just Brought Her Grandma, Tippi Hedren, to the Premiere of Suspiria," 25 Oct. 2018 The idea of a Star Wars live action TV show goes back to at least 2005, following the premiere of The Revenge of the Sith. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 Lately, however, Winter has opted for glam looks on the red carpet, including the premieres of Pacific Rim Uprising and The Last Movie Star. Stephanie Petit,, "Ariel Winter Steps Out in Shirt That Asks, 'Do My Nipples Offend You?'," 11 July 2018 Dorsey will perform the premiere of The Missing Generation, created after recording oral-history interviews with longtime LGBTQ survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "A Guide to the Biggest Pride Events Happening This June," 15 June 2018 This month marks the momentous premiere of Pose, the newest venture from Ryan Murphy and his dream team of collaborators — the same talents that brought audiences American Horror Story, Glee, and Feud: Bette and Joan. Seija Rankin,, "See the most important LGBTQ pop culture moments in under 2 minutes," 14 June 2018 Judging the action are baking extraordinaire Kimberly Bailey, Chopped’s Maneet Chauhan, and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera, who are joined on the premiere by special guest Randy Fenoli, host of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Derby darlings Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir host new Food Network show," 11 June 2018 Crave Theatre Company presents the Portland premiere of this Victorian ghost story from the acclaimed South African playwright Reza De Wet. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Arts picks: A new 'Cinderella' tale, Jackson Bottom Wetlands art show, more," 31 May 2018 The Real Deal: Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival after the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy appeared to tell Premiere France what the people really wanted to hear. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: Life After Solo May or May Not Include a Lando Movie," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, if Grey's Anatomy were to premiere in 2018—in light of #MeToo and Time's Up—their relationship would look completely different. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meredith and Derek's Relationship on Grey's Anatomy Wouldn't Happen in 2018," 9 Nov. 2018 Here’s a win for IGTV: magazine publisher Meredith is developing a slate of 10 original series for Instagram’s 3-month-old experimental vertical TV app, the first of which will premiere later this year. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 Other casting details have yet to be shared publicly, but today, Sony revealed the movie will premiere in October of 2019. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Tom Hanks to Play Mister Rogers in a New Biopic," 27 Sep. 2018 Just hours before the film was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, a spokesperson for Fox said Striegel's single scene in the film was removed immediately after the studio learned of Striegel's background. Jake Coyle, Fox News, "'The Predator' removes scene with registered sex offender," 6 Sep. 2018 Check out the teaser for it below: The short film will premiere on September 28 and will also be available on the DisneyNow app and VOD. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" and Their Characters," 20 Aug. 2018 Season 17 of Project Runway is scheduled to premiere on Bravo in 2019, according to the network. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Weinstein Co. Disputes Expenses Sought By Former ‘Project Runway’ Producer," 30 July 2018 More details have emerged about the show's new spinoff, Legacies, which will premiere this fall. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Here are the Latest Details About "The Originals" Spinoff "Legacies"," 8 Aug. 2018 The Romanoffs, an anthology series centered around people who believe themselves to be the modern-day descendants of the Romanov family, will premiere on Amazon Prime on October 12. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About the New TV Show, The Romanoffs," 29 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, -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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