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

Season 2 of Luke Cage is set to premiere June 22 on Netflix. Natalie Stone,, "Harvey Weinstein Accuser and Sopranos Alum Annabella Sciorra Joins Marvel's Luke Cage," 15 Mar. 2018 The premiere sporting event in Alaska endured a disastrous 2017, with the death of four sled dogs and a drug-testing scandal involving the team of star musher Dallas Seavey. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Mushers say the Iditarod can be saved. Here’s how.," 5 Mar. 2018 Finebaum is also one of ESPN’s premiere voices on the SEC and college football generally on a variety of its platforms. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Paul Finebaum to sign new deal with ESPN, SEC Network," 12 July 2018 Aurora Theatre’s Bay Area premiere finds glamour in the cutthroat world of private equity, a forbidden satisfaction and even morbid beauty in our essential selfishness and corruptibility., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 Bastille Day is rapidly approaching, and what better way to celebrate than by attending a night of learning and laughter at the premiere place in the city to do so? Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The network’s premiere week kicks off on Monday Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern with fan-favorite The Big Bang Theory and its spinoff, Young Sheldon. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "CBS Announced Its Fall TV Lineup, Including 'Blue Bloods' and 'Murphy Brown'," 10 July 2018 Songwriter Teddy Geiger has made a name for herself as one of the premiere pop writers of this generation. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Teddy Geiger Lays Claim to Her Individuality on New Single 'I Was in a Cult:' Listen," 9 July 2018 Kylie is currently in Paris to celebrate Virgil Abloh’s premiere menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, which debuted yesterday to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and more sitting front row. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Fendi Two-Piece Towel Outfit," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Suzanne Crocker was the stage manager for the premiere in Montreal and now serves as the director for the performances in Cincinnati. Madeline Mitchell,, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Johnson said at the New York premiere of his latest movie, Skyscraper, on Tuesday. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rock Rules Out 2020 Run," 12 July 2018 Selena Gomez made a red carpet appearance at the premiere for Hotel Transylvania 3 yesterday, June 30, and her look was completely and totally head-turning. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wears Oscar de la Renta at the "Hotel Transylvania 3" Premiere," 1 July 2018 Brit Marling and Ellen Page discuss making indie films at the Los Angeles premiere of thriller 'The East,' while Patricia Clarkson shares her thoughts on former co-star Amanda Bynes. Randy Tucker,, "Cincinnati World Cinema renovating small Downtown theater for late-summer opening," 26 June 2018 And, the final nail in the coffin of a formerly sunny genre like high school shows arrived with the Thursday night premiere of Freeform’s brand new summer adventure, Cloak & Dagger., "Teen TV Is Darker Than Dark & Cloak And Dagger Is The Proof," 8 June 2018 The series concludes June 30 with the premiere of a concert-length work by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith, The Arc in the Sky, set to poems and journal entries by Robert Lax. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical concerts: 'Star Wars' at the Mann, Curtis Summerfest, 'Fred' the organ at Kimmel, more," 6 June 2018 The television mini-series was a hit for the network, with the premiere of its three-part installment raking in 4.4 million total viewers, with 2.6 million of those viewers in the 19-49 age range. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "Woody McClain on 'The Bobby Brown Story' & Stepping Into the R&B Icon's Shoes," 31 May 2018 The show will start this fall with a premiere on the Disney Channel in the US and the regular series airing on Disney XD. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: This Is Your New Favorite Room on the Millennium Falcon," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The show, titled Twisted Sisters, is set to premiere in 2019 and will feature six episodes that focus on different sisters and their crimes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Khloé Kardashian Will Executive Produce True Crime Series "Twisted Sister"," 10 Apr. 2018 Currently shooting in Italy, the series is set to premiere in spring 2019. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Novel Approach as Producers Revive Decades-Old Books for TV," 9 Apr. 2018 The final six episodes of Game of Thrones will premiere in 2019, HBO confirmed Thursday. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "HBO Finally Confirms Game of Thrones Season Eight Will Premiere in 2019," 4 Jan. 2018 The company said Tuesday that the work will premiere at the Corbett Theater at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in July 2020. The Enquirer,, "Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will write new work for Cincinnati Opera's centennial," 10 July 2018 Look for the series to premiere in January 2019 on TNT. Aja Hoggatt,, "See the trailer for Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine's new TNT limited series," 2 July 2018 The Hollywood Reporter didn’t say when the show would premiere. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Has Green-Lit Immigration Anthology Series 'Little America'," 20 June 2018 The 13 Reasons soundtrack is available for pre-order here, and the second season will premiere on Netflix May 18. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "OneRepublic and Logic Drop 'Start Again' For the '13 Reasons Why' Soundtrack," 16 May 2018 Outlander just wrapped filming on its fourth season, which will premiere on Starz in November. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Had a Laugh with Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe in Dublin," 11 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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