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
Recent Examples on the Web The long-serving prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, accusing the media and law enforcement of a witch hunt. Washington Post, "Israeli police break up anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem," 13 July 2020 The prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, decided when to call the contest. The Economist, "PAP squeak Singapore’s ruling party wins easily—but its vote falls sharply," 10 July 2020 Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China's imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday. Rod Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "UK and Australia turn their backs on China, welcome Hong Kongers," 9 July 2020 The prime minister showed steadfast loyalty during waves of unrest and could emerge as a presidential rival in 2022. NBC News, "French government resigns as Macron acts to recast presidency," 3 July 2020 On Monday, the prime minister said 1 billion pounds ($1.25 billion) would be invested to build new schools, and a series of other infrastructure projects will be unveiled later this week. Fox News, "Boris Johnson vows 'Rooseveltian approach' to UK coronavirus recovery, warns austerity would be 'mistake'," 29 June 2020 The prime minister contracted the virus and almost died of it, and his government has faced a cascade of criticism over its response to the pandemic. Archana Chaudhary, Bloomberg.com, "India Fourth Worst-Hit Nation After Virus Cases Exceed U.K.," 14 June 2020 There was no explanation for the sacking of Khamis, but the move appeared aimed at deflecting public anger, which has regularly targeted the prime minister but rarely the president himself. Albert Aji, BostonGlobe.com, "Syria’s Assad fires his PM amid worsening economic crisis," 11 June 2020 In early February, as cases were just starting to rise in China, Cambodian prime minister made a state visit to Beijing, slammed reporters for wearing face masks, and refused to shut down flights to the country from China. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "What does Hong Kong’s security law mean for global businesses?," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of prime minister

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prime minister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prime%20minister. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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

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