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

Noun The movie will have its premiere next week. Verb The movie premieres next week.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite a deluge of new streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ in recent months, Netflix is still the premiere name in streaming with a 158.3 million subscribers worldwide. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Why Netflix is partnering with Goop and its controversies," 7 Jan. 2020 This is why the Books, Arts & Manners section of NR has been there since the premiere issue back in 1955. Kyle Smith, National Review, "We’re Massively Outgunned in the Culture War," 29 Dec. 2019 One of the city’s premiere sit-down Mexican restaurants, and the place that introduced many of the city’s residents to the pleasures of posole, closed its Northeast Portland location in June. oregonlive, "Portland’s most painful restaurant closures of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Tickets Miami, FL Marshmello Spend the first hours of 2020 getting gooey with the world's premiere dessert DJ. Kat Bein, Billboard, "New Year's Eve 2019 Party Guide: The Best Dance Parties to Ring in 2020," 20 Dec. 2019 The work by Fabian Chairez is part of an exhibit about Zapata in one of Mexico City’s premiere arts venues, the Fine Arts Palace. NBC News, "In Mexico, controversy over effeminate Emiliano Zapata painting," 11 Dec. 2019 Michigan accounted for Young, the country's premiere pass rusher, with a pair of blockers to thwart him. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "The seeds of Michigan football's loss to Ohio State were sown on the recruiting trail," 30 Nov. 2019 This announcement comes after BH90210 struggled to maintain strong ratings despite earning stellar premiere numbers on its August 7 debut. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'BH90210' Really Canceled? Jennie Garth's Tweet Makes It Seem Like Season 2 Is Happening," 8 Nov. 2019 Lone Star has been recognized on a national level as one of the most premiere community colleges in the country and has received awards for innovation. Houston Chronicle, "Houston area offers versatile education options for students who need flexibility," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stars like Issa Rae, Janelle Monáe, Dee Rees, and Jordan Peele have thrilling new films on the way and our favorite networks amp up the drama and laughs with new series premieres. Sydney Scott, Essence, "A Comprehensive Guide To Film & TV Shows We're Excited About In 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 During this week's season premiere, the windmill fantasy suite date was mentioned numerous times, and one contestant, Deandra, even showed up to the mansion dressed as a windmill., "Still Haven’t Gotten Enough Of The Bachelor Windmill? Rent The Famous Fantasy Suite On Airbnb," 8 Jan. 2020 There were several flight attendants around during this week's premiere. Chloe Melas, CNN, "'The Bachelor' season 24 premiere's most cringeworthy moments," 8 Jan. 2020 Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was too old for him. Washington Post, "The most scathing jokes from Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globes monologue," 6 Jan. 2020 With the season premiere still about a month away, airing on Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET after the Super Bowl on Fox, there isn't too much that's known about the upcoming season's contestants. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Mouse on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are Almost Certain They Know The Celeb's Identity," 4 Jan. 2020 See the clip below, and catch Yung's full performance on Monday's (Jan. 6) season premiere of AGT: The Champions, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Mike Yung Delivers Powerful Performance of Martin Garrix Collaboration on 'AGT: The Champions': Exclusive," 3 Jan. 2020 At the Munich premiere, the medical theme of Mr Kriegenburg’s production divided opinion. The Economist, "A new retelling of “The Snow Queen” is aimed squarely at adults," 31 Dec. 2019 Pictured, a person dressed as Darth Vader and others as Storm Troopers attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London, England, December 18, 2019. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "Talk of Making ‘Nerd’ a Hate Crime in the U.K. Is Why Hate Speech Laws Are a Bad Idea," 21 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s slated to premiere nationwide on PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and PBS KIDS digital platforms in winter 2021. Rachel Yang,, "Classic Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character inspires new PBS series," 10 Jan. 2020 At least six new shows are slated to premiere on Masterpiece in 2020, in addition to existing fan favorites like Grantchester and Endeavour. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Susanne Simpson, the New Woman Behind Your Favorite Masterpiece PBS Shows, Previews What's Next," 18 Dec. 2019 The 11th and final season of Will & Grace, originally slated to premiere next year, is actually beginning next week. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Final Season of Will & Grace to Premiere Early — and Grace Is Pregnant!," 16 Oct. 2019 Having teased the trailer's arrival on Twitter, Gadot and the movie's director, Patty Jenkins, helped to premiere their new film at Brazil's CCXP. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer Is Here, and Chris Pine's Never Looked Better," 8 Dec. 2019 The final season of her hit TV show, Modern Family, is also set to premiere soon. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Sarah Hyland Posted the Sweetest Tribute to Her Brother on Second Anniversary of Kidney Transplant," 20 Sep. 2019 There is no official release date for The Morning Show, but the series is set to premiere sometime in fall 2019. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's 'The Morning Show' Looks Seriously Intense," 13 Aug. 2019 The film by Winfrey and Impact Partners is scheduled to premiere next year on Apple TV Plus. NBC News, "Oprah announces documentary about sexual assault in music industry," 4 Dec. 2019 The Banker was scheduled to premiere and close out AFI Fest on Thursday ahead of a theatrical release on Dec. 6, a prime calendar date for awards consideration. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Delaying ‘The Banker’ Magnifies Deeper Worries for Apple TV+," 23 Nov. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Premiere.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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