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

Hancock said, referring to the prime minister’s agreement. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK government defiant as Parliament takes control of Brexit," 27 Mar. 2019 Photographers frequently snap the 65-year-old prime minister sipping iced coffee in open-air markets and joining villagers in folk dances. ... James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Junta Leader Tries His Hand at Something New: Democracy," 21 Mar. 2019 The two leaders spoke over the phone instead, and the prime minister later said that the meeting was canceled because of a disagreement over how to conduct the session. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 At one time, some of India’s most powerful people, such as the prime minister and cabinet members, resided here. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Michael Aram's two stunning homes in India," 12 Mar. 2019 Following the election, Palang Pracharat is expected to nominate the head of the current military government, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to be the next prime minister. Jerry Harmer, The Seattle Times, "Candidates register for 1st Thai general election since coup," 4 Feb. 2019 Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Durrani. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Durrani. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 Markus Söder, the prime minister of Bavaria, a southeastern state in Germany, has been wildly ridiculed about the announcement of his new space program, Bavaria One. Sonja Peteranderl, The Verge, "Bavaria’s space program shot to viral fame — but it may be in trouble," 20 Oct. 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

Statistics for prime minister

Last Updated

3 Apr 2019

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

an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
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!