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

earliest, first, foremost, headmost, inaugural, initial, leadoff, maiden, original, pioneer, virgin

Antonyms: Adjective

final, last, latest, latter, terminal, terminating, ultimate

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Examples of premier in a Sentence


a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies

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The tournament, auction and dinner is hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice with Disabled American Veterans as premier sponsor and Marsh & McLennan as platinum sponsor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fishing club hosts fundraiser to benefit area Marines, youths," 9 Sep. 2019 But build it, and even more premier sporting events will come to town. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Broncos can call stadium anything they want, so long as Colorado taxpayers never are called on again to build team a new home," 5 Sep. 2019 Skagit Valley, approximately an hour north of Seattle, happens to be one of the world’s premier barley-growing regions. Fortune, "How This Pacific Northwest Distiller Is Making a New American Whiskey From the Ground Up," 31 Aug. 2019 Ohio’s premier evening run where runners of every experience level can participate in a variety of races. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 Instead, the skyscraper’s premier Manhattan address — One Central Park West — would get top billing for the residences, while the Trumps would continue to manage the property and keep their name on signs for the hotel. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019 The team has one of the premier home run hitters in baseball. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Working late is working great for Dodgers," 9 Aug. 2019 Analysts said the outlook for growth in Asia's premier financial hub was weak, and could deteriorate further if protests seen over the past two months continue. Laura He, CNN, "Hong Kong's economy is slumping. Mass protests could make things much worse," 31 July 2019 Katy ISD had four representatives at the nation’s premier youth wrestling event, one of whom repeated as a national champion. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Lakes graduate Holloway repeats as champion at Fargo Nationals wrestling tournament," 29 July 2019

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And emerging from a pack of premier PGA Tour contenders like Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth was 37-year-old Wichita, Kan., native Chez Reavie, who collected his second career tour victory with a 17-under-par 263. Chris Brodeur,, "Travelers Championship raises $2.1 million for 150 local charities," 17 Sep. 2019 Suárez, who was traded to the Reds in 2014 for pitcher Alfredo Simon, transformed himself into one of the premier sluggers in the sport. Bobby Nightengale,, "Eugenio Suárez blasts 2 home runs in Cincinnati Reds win, tied for MLB lead," 16 Sep. 2019 Our venue and the downtown Ballpark District offer the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude and further establishes Petco Park as the premier entertainment destination in Southern California. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "KAABOO Festival Moving to San Diego's Petco Park in 2020," 15 Sep. 2019 In his second mandate as premier, Conte also stressed that Italy wants to regain a key role in the European Union’s reform process. Washington Post, "Italy’s new pro-EU govt wins vote, now faces 2020 budget," 10 Sep. 2019 As United’s premier forward in 2015/16, a teenage Martial finished his first season at Old Trafford with 17 goals in all competitions, including a late winner in the FA Cup semi-final., "Astonishing Stat Shows Anthony Martial's Value (and How Bad Man Utd's Forward Line Has Been)," 12 Aug. 2019 Li stepped down as premier in 1998, becoming chairman of the National People's Congress, China's parliament. NBC News, "Li Peng, who oversaw Tiananmen Square massacre as Chinese premier, dies at 91," 23 July 2019 Li stepped down as premier in 1998, becoming chairman of the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament. Fox News, "Tienanmen Square massacre mastermind known as the 'Butcher of Beijing' dies," 23 July 2019 Arcadia Bluffs is one of Michigan's — and the nation's — premier golf courses. Keith Matheny,, "Plastics pollution? Course urged golfers to hit balls into Lake Michigan," 22 July 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, from Anglo-French, first, chief, from Latin primarius of the first rank — more at primary


French, from premier, adjective, from Old French

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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