pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmyir, -ˈmē-ər; ˈprē-ˌmir, -ˌmyir, -ˌmē-ər, ˈpre- How to pronounce premier (audio) \

Definition of premier

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1 : first in position, rank, or importance
2 : first in time : earliest



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premiership \ pri-​ˈmir-​ˌship How to pronounce premiership (audio) , -​ˈmyir-​ , -​ˈmē-​ər-​ ; ˈprē-​ˌmir-​ , -​ˌmyir-​ , -​ˌmē-​ər-​ , ˈpre-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for premier

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of premier in a Sentence

Adjective a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Share this - Nancy Ing 22h ago / 5:33 AM PDT Tour de France cycling race delayed due to pandemic Cycling's premier road race, the Tour de France, will be postponed until later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. NBC News, "A desperate scramble as COVID-19 families vie for plasma therapy," 16 Apr. 2020 In Japan, the country's premier baseball league postponed the start of its season, while one of its largest sumo wrestling events opened without fans. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus has turned March Madness into March Sadness," 12 Mar. 2020 The New York City ban could mean trouble for the two farms that are premier U.S. producers of foie gras, with New York as their prime market. Washington Post, "New York City lawmakers pass bill banning sale of foie gras," 31 Oct. 2019 The Tahoe Forest Health System covers an area spanning about 3,500 square miles, including some of the country’s premier ski slopes. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "In pandemic, it’s ‘us versus them’," 26 Apr. 2020 No Chase Young in Atlanta, nor one of this year's premier corners. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2020 first-round winners, losers: Cowboys, Buccaneers make big strides on offense," 24 Apr. 2020 The premier track series, the Diamond League, canceled more events. Victor Mather, New York Times, "World Chess Moves Online. But Check, Don’t Cheat, Mate.," 23 Apr. 2020 The new town was officially renamed Arlington in 1877, in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was born in Arlington, Va. The town of 275 residents would eventually grow into North Texas’ premier entertainment destination. Owen Prout, Dallas News, "Arlington, Texas: How a tiny train stop grew into North Texas’ premier entertainment destination," 11 Mar. 2020 In 2020, JetBlue Vacations will offer the chance for customers to explore one of their premier international hotel destinations using Magic Leap One. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Magic Leap’s new feature will let you experience your hotel before you get there," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kurti remains in charge as caretaker premier for up to two weeks. Misha Savic,, "Virus Response Topples First European Government in Kosovo," 12 May 2020 During the meetings, the leadership unveils its target for GDP growth for the year, presents a road map for the year ahead, and closes with a news conference at which premier Li Keqiang takes vetted questions from Chinese and foreign journalists. Jane Li, Quartz, "The surest sign that China thinks Covid-19 is under control: Its biggest political shindig is back," 28 Apr. 2020 At Market Street, a premier shopping destination in The Woodlands Town Center area, many restaurants are still open for to-go and deliveries, said Noemi Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the shopping venue. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Scores of Woodlands-area restaurants offering to-go, delivery services," 14 Apr. 2020 Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer was tripped up by a debacle in the east German state of Thuringia, where the CDU had voted with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) to install a member of a third party as state premier. The Economist, "Trouble at the top Angela Merkel’s presumed successor quits as party boss," 13 Feb. 2020 The following year, the former tin-mining town of Derby transformed into Australia’s premier mountain biking destination overnight following the opening of Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "What makes Tasmania an outdoor lover’s dream?," 29 Dec. 2019 Such developments are the calling card of Vail Resorts, owner of premier destinations including Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Whistler, Park City, Stowe, and—of course—Vail. Mallory Farrugia, Vogue, "Why Crested Butte, Colorado Should Be Your Next Ski Destination," 25 Dec. 2019 In addition, if only five Pac-12 teams are bowl eligible, and Oregon and Utah head to premier destinations, OSU would do no worse than the Red Box Bowl. oregonlive, "If Oregon State goes bowling, it’s Holiday, Redbox, Sun or Vegas for the Beavers," 18 Nov. 2019 This is a perfect opportunity to showcase Hamilton as a premier destination for sports and events., "Third annual NightGlow Marathon runs in Hamilton Saturday," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of premier


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premier


Middle English primer, primier "first in time, first in rank, foremost," borrowed from Anglo-French primer, premer, premyer "first, earliest, most important" (continental Old & Middle French primier, premier), going back to Latin prīmārius "of the highest importance or station (of persons), first-rate, chief" — more at primary entry 1

Note: Since its adoption in late Middle English, this word has shown influence in both pronunciation and spelling from Middle French and French premier.


short for premier minister, after French premier ministre "first minister"

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The first known use of premier was in the 15th century

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15 May 2020

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“Premier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of premier

: most important or best


pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , ˈprē-mē-ər \

Kids Definition of premier

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: first in importance, excellence, or rank premier scientists



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