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

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 The premiere episode features a segment wherein Cohen — playing a fake character named Col. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Sacha Baron Cohen Got Pro-Gun Activists and Lawmakers to Support a Fake Program That Would Arm Children," 16 July 2018 The premiere looks at breakout TV shows of the decade, including one — The Big Bang Theory — that’s still going strong. 9 p.m. Sunday, July 8, CNN. Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: 'Sharp Objects,' 'Handmaid's Tale' season finale, 'Misfits & Monsters' and more," 5 July 2018 The premiere episode features Chef José Andrés and Anna Palmer, senior Washington correspondent for Politico. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Spike Mendelsohn condemns Red Hen's ouster of Sarah Sanders, talks food policy in new podcast," 28 June 2018 Initial reactions online after the premiere were positive, praising Ehrenreich and Glover and the film’s space heist action sequences. Washington Post, "Latest Star Wars film ‘Solo’ debuts, gets early praise," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the premiere of American Idol season 2, things got very emotional for judge Luke Bryan when Nick Townsend walked into the studio. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Bryan Shared His Heartbreaking Loss With 'American Idol' Contestant Nick Townsend," 4 Mar. 2019 On January 9, Mitchel Musso, Emily Osment, and Jason Earles, who played Oliver, Lily, and Jackson respectively, reunited at the premiere of Mitchel's new movie, Bachelor Lions. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Most Iconic Disney Channel Reunions of All Time," 12 Feb. 2019 Roma is seeing a platformed series of theatrical releases ahead of its streaming premiere on December 14th, with a no-doubt strenuous awards push to follow. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 2018 Killing Eve Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 7 on BBC America and AMC. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Killing Eve Season 2 Trailer Just Dropped and I Am Weak," 14 Feb. 2019 She's been in three movies on the network to date and her most recent flick, Winter Love Story, premieres on January 19 as part of Hallmark's January Winterfest. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Winter Love Story' Actress Jen Lilley Reveals 6 Hallmark Movie Secrets," 18 Jan. 2019 Cinemastream is Vox’s series highlighting the most notable of these premieres, in an ongoing effort to keep interesting and easily accessible new films on your radar. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 Hotel Harrington is a premiere tourist destination because of its proximity to major D.C. attractions. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Dozens of tourists taken to Washington, DC, hospital for food poisoning," 2 Oct. 2018 There’s no premiere date yet for Season 5 of the Netflix show, but until then, restreams and Bandersnatch will have to suffice. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi TV Guide," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The season will premiere on April 14, and there will only be six episodes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About How Game of Thrones Ends," 4 Mar. 2019 The show will officially premiere on January 16 at 10 PM on Syfy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Lana Condor's New Show "Deadly Class"," 4 Jan. 2019 As Pittsburgh Magazine reports, filming for season two of Restored by the Fords started filming in August of this year, the new season will premiere in January 2019. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "'Restored By The Fords' Star Leanne Ford Is Pregnant With Her First Child," 10 Oct. 2018 No word yet when Love Island will premiere, though next summer is a safe guess. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Love Island, the Best Reality Show of All Time, Is Getting a U.S. Adaptation," 8 Aug. 2018 The series will begin production in the spring and is scheduled to premiere in 2017. Nesa Mangal, Good Housekeeping, ""Anne of Green Gables" Is Returning to TV," 13 Jan. 2016 The flick is set to premiere on February 7, 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Margot Robbie Shares First Look at New Harley Quinn Costume for Birds of Prey," 28 Jan. 2019 Distribution won't be an issue with the FX Shadows series, set to premiere next spring with ten 30-minute episodes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Vampires navigate NYC in first teasers for What We Do in the Shadows," 1 Nov. 2018 Set to premiere on Bravo next year, the show’s other new faces include Teen Vogue’s former editor in chief Elaine Welteroth and designer Brandon Maxwell. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Is Going To Be on TV! The Supermodel Will Join Brandon Maxwell and Christian Siriano on the New Project Runway," 10 Oct. 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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