prime minister

noun

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
prime ministerial adjective
prime ministership noun
prime ministry noun

Examples of prime minister in a Sentence

the Prime Minister of England
Recent Examples on the Web The prime minister at the time, Boris Johnson, was unsympathetic, making jokes about bacon sandwiches coming from dead pigs and refusing to engage with the distinction between pointless, unprocessed killing due to a labor shortage and slaughter for processing. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Read More: Exiled Former Thai Leader Thaksin Shinawatra Trades Democratic Progress for Return Home The former prime minister, 74, has served about six months of his sentence since arriving in Thailand on Aug. 22. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 Independent candidates affiliated with the former prime minister’s Pakistan Tehereek-e-Insaf (PTI) party secured the most parliamentary seats in last week’s nationwide election, the election commission announced Sunday. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Even though Khan did not deliver on many of his core promises, as even some of his supporters acknowledge, the former prime minister’s appeal could grow further here if the next government excludes Khan’s allies and fails to boost economic growth. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, was among those to pay tribute to the 24-year-old. Manasi Pathak, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Now, as the parties of both Mr. Khan and Nawaz Sharif, the three-time former prime minister, race to win over other lawmakers and establish a coalition government, Pakistan is in uncharted territory. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Observers had expected Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League to prevail and put him on track for a fourth term as prime minister due to the disadvantages faced by Khan's party. Riazat Butt and Munir Ahmed The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 Among them: the president’s widow, Martine Moïse, who was wounded during the fatal shooting of her husband; his former prime minister, Claude Joseph, and former national police chief Léon Charles. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prime minister was in 1655

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“Prime minister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prime%20minister. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

prime minister

noun
: the chief officer of the government in some countries

Legal Definition

prime minister

noun
prime min·​is·​ter
-ˈmi-nə-stər
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
prime ministerial
-ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl
adjective
prime ministership noun
prime ministry
-ˈmi-nə-strē
noun
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