pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmyir, -ˈmē-ər; ˈprē-ˌmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˌmyir, -ˌmē-ər, ˈpre- \

Essential Meaning of premier

: most important or best the city's premier restaurant a concert by one of the world's premier [=leading] pianists

Full Definition of premier

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : first in position, rank, or importance
2 : first in time : earliest



Definition of premier (Entry 2 of 3)


pre·​mier | \ pri-ˈmyer How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmir How to pronounce premier (audio) , -ˈmē-ər; ˌpri-mē-ˈer \

Definition of premier (Entry 3 of 3)

less common spelling of premiere entry 2

intransitive verb

1 : to have a first public performance
2 : to appear for the first time as a star performer

transitive verb

: to give a first public performance of

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Other Words from premier


premiership \ pri-​ˈmir-​ˌship How to pronounce premier (audio) , -​ˈmyir-​ , -​ˈmē-​ər-​ ; ˈprē-​ˌmir-​ , -​ˌmyir-​ , -​ˌmē-​ər-​ , ˈpre-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for premier

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of premier in a Sentence

Adjective a space shuttle on its premier voyage the premier authority on butterflies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The county has steadily transformed into one of the nation’s premier electoral battlegrounds, a place where political and demographic cross currents are all colliding. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 Through articles published in North Korea’s premier economic journals, researchers tracked internal struggles over spending on weapons development in the face of agricultural and consumer goods needs, particularly as Kim looked to make his pivot. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Allie Beth Allman & Associates sells more homes priced at $2 million and above than any other brokerage, according to Multiple Listing Service statistics, as well as in premier DFW neighborhoods. Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 Buyers also will be surrounded by plenty of premier outdoor recreation with many area parks and lakes nearby, including Medina Lake to enjoy water sports. Chron, 20 Mar. 2021 This has to be the NFL’s premier identical twin duo., 11 Sep. 2021 The premier league of historically Black colleges and universities is a fitting landing spot in 2021 for B-CU, a two-time national champion that has sent 31 players to the NFL, including Hall of Famer and former head coach Larry Little. Edgar Thompson,, 2 Sep. 2021 Bonnaroo, one of the premier U.S. music festivals, has been canceled for the second year in a row, about 48 hours before it was scheduled to begin. Matt Wake |, al, 31 Aug. 2021 In the 31-year history of Del Mar’s premier annual race, only the late Bobby Frankel had a better four-year run — saddling four straight winners from 1992-95 during the Classic’s formative years. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a billionaire who has already twice served as premier, will lead a cabinet of ministers that will preside over an economic depression which the World Bank considers one of the world's worst since the mid-19th century. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Laschet served as premier of one of the most affected states, North Rhine-Westfalia, and the disaster was a timely test of his leadership credentials. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Davis spoke at the Citi Field premier alongside Bobby Ojeda and Mookie Wilson from the 1986 Mets team about his vision as director for the four-part series. Nick Diunte, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Jason Kenney, a former Conservative cabinet minister and the premier of Alberta, may have hurt O'Toole most of all. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Rodriguez has established himself as the Wildcats’ premier back, an NFL Draft prospect, and a bulldog of a runner. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 12 Sep. 2021 Steven Marshall, premier of the State of South Australia (one of the country's six states), launched the quarantine app policy in late August. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 3 Sep. 2021 Parking in the premier A-lot will cost $40 per day. Rachel Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2021 The premier just announced Ontario’s new vaccine passport policy. Courtney Shea,, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of premier


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premier


Middle English primer, primier "first in time, first in rank, foremost," borrowed from Anglo-French primer, premer, premyer "first, earliest, most important" (continental Old & Middle French primier, premier), going back to Latin prīmārius "of the highest importance or station (of persons), first-rate, chief" — more at primary entry 1

Note: Since its adoption in late Middle English, this word has shown influence in both pronunciation and spelling from Middle French and French premier.


short for premier minister, after French premier ministre "first minister"

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“Premier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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