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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Indian prime minister unveiled the world’s tallest statue, nearly twice the size of the Statue of Liberty, on Tuesday. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Britain and Canada want answers from Mark Zuckerberg," 1 Nov. 2018 But unlike recent Russian influence campaigns, the Iranian actors focused on promoting sentiments and activities that tended to be in opposition to President Trump (and in some cases, UK prime minister Theresa May). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Facebook yanks content tied to Iranian effort due to “inauthentic behavior”," 26 Oct. 2018 In 1997, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir bin Mohamad blamed southeast Asia’s currency crisis on Soros. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "After Years of George Soros Conspiracy Theories, Someone Targeted His Home with an Explosive Device," 23 Oct. 2018 Ethiopia's stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia's stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest," 19 Sep. 2018 The Daily Mail theorizes the funeral being filmed might be Winston Churchill's, as the former prime minister passed away in January of 1965. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the First Images From the Set of The Crown Mimic Real-Life Royal History," 18 Sep. 2018 British news reports speculated that the ambitious Johnson might be readying a challenge to May for the leadership of the party, potentially setting himself up to become prime minister. Laura King, latimes.com, "British Prime Minister May's government appears in turmoil amid resignations tied to Brexit," 9 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prime minister.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of prime minister

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prime minister

Share prime minister

Statistics for prime minister

Last Updated

13 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for prime minister

The first known use of prime minister was in 1655

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prime minister

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on prime minister

What made you want to look up prime minister? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to clear from alleged fault or guilt

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!