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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Because of this constant turnover, there were moments in the lead-up to war that the United States could have negotiated a peace with an incoming government, most notably with Japan's last civilian prime minister Fumimaro Konoe. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 Mulroney was prime minister from 1984 thorough 1993, while Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993—and eventually formed a lifelong friendship. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Read Brian Mulroney's Moving Eulogy at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament. David Keyton, Fox News, "Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote," 25 Sep. 2018 The prime minister, meanwhile, is spending the weekend selling her Brexit deal to a different crowd: the rest of the world. Jen Kirby, Vox, "EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else," 30 Nov. 2018 The country's previous prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, abandoned emissions reductions targets that the nation had agreed to, and Australia's renewable energy targets are set to expire in 2020. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change," 11 Oct. 2018 Many Twitter users decided that Saga obviously fulfilled some kind of prophecy, which definitely makes her queen...or at least prime minister, right? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Ancient Sword From a Lake in Sweden," 6 Oct. 2018 Ethiopia’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, visited Eritrea’s capital last weekend. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 In June, the country’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, appointed 11 women as the heads of the government’s 17 ministries, the highest proportion among Western countries. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Aiming for Miss Universe — and Universal Transgender Rights," 13 July 2018

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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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