prime minister

noun

Definition of prime minister 

1 : the chief minister of a ruler or state

2 : the official head of a cabinet or ministry especially : the chief executive of a parliamentary government

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Other Words from prime minister

prime ministerial adjective
prime ministership noun
prime ministry noun

Examples of prime minister in a Sentence

the Prime Minister of England

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After that defeat, Cameron immediately resigned as prime minister. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 All the prime minister can hope for is to persuade Brussels to compromise on the principle of indivisibility. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 The fund evolved into 1MDB when the prime minister gave it the broader goal of spurring economic development. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Former Goldman Banker Is in Plea Talks Over Malaysian 1MDB Scandal," 9 July 2018 But the prime minister may be playing hardball as well. Laura King, latimes.com, "British Prime Minister May's government appears in turmoil amid resignations tied to Brexit," 9 July 2018 Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister and the youngest female world leader at 37, welcomed a baby girl today. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Becomes Second Woman Ever to Give Birth While in Office," 21 June 2018 The then–prime minister, David Cameron, resigned directly in its aftermath. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Murtaza Solangi, a television host, says the former prime minister’s influence within the PML-N will become stronger. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 No prime minister wants to hear those words in public. Fox News, "UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on NATO, Russia and Brexit," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of prime minister

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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prime minister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prime minister

: the head of the government in some countries

prime minister

noun

Kids Definition of prime minister

: the chief officer of the government in some countries

prime minister

noun
prime min·is·ter | \-ˈmi-nə-stər\

Legal Definition of prime minister 

1 : the chief minister of a ruler or state

2 : the official head of a cabinet or ministry especially : the chief executive of a parliamentary government

Other Words from prime minister

prime ministerial \-ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl \ adjective
prime ministership noun
prime ministry \-ˈmi-nə-strē \ noun

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