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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Nina Compton was born on the beautiful island of St. Lucia where her father once served as prime minister. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 The revolution of 2011 brought a brief stint as interim prime minister. The Economist, "Tunisians say goodbye to President Beji Caid Essebsi," 1 Aug. 2019 Boris Johnson has used his first days as prime minister to double down on his threat to leave the European Union on October 31, even without an exit agreement in place to protect trade. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Pound hits a fresh two-year low as Brexit fears spook investors," 30 July 2019 As prime minister, Johnson has the responsibility for making Brexit happen before Oct. 31 deadline, which is less than 100 days away. Melissa Locker, Time, "John Oliver Takes Down Britain's New Leader on Last Week Tonight," 29 July 2019 Boris Johnson, a charismatic and incautious politician with scant public views on science, became U.K. prime minister last week. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hardline Brexit stance stokes fears for scientists," 29 July 2019 After putting her annual vacation on hold to accept Theresa May's resignation as prime minister, and meet with the U.K.'s new leader, Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth has finally begun her holiday. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Starts Her Holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland," 26 July 2019 The parody stories making claims that Muslims would be allowed to speed during the month of Ramadan or that the UK’s prime minister wanted to cancel Christmas upset people on both the left and right. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The strange tale of the political staffer who quit on his boss’s Twitter account," 24 July 2019 Alec Douglas-Home then served a short stint as prime minister from 1963 to 1964. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth Delays Vacation to Meet with Boris Johnson — Her 14th Prime Minister!," 23 July 2019

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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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