[pri-meer, -myeer, pree-meer]
the head of the cabinet in France or Italy or certain other countries; first minister; prime minister.
a chief officer.
first in rank; chief; leading.
first in time; earliest; oldest.

1400–50; late Middle English primer, primier, premer (adj.) < Anglo-French primer, premer and Middle French premier, primier literally, first < Latin prīmārius of the first rank; see primary

premiership, noun

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premier (ˈprɛmjə)
1.  another name for prime minister
2.  any of the heads of governments of the Canadian provinces and the Australian states
3.  (Austral) (plural) the winners of a premiership
4.  first in importance, rank, etc
5.  first in occurrence; earliest
[C15: from Old French: first, from Latin prīmārius principal, from prīmus first]

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Word Origin & History

c.1470, from M.Fr. premier "first, chief," from L. primarius "of the first rank, chief" (see primary). The noun in the political sense (1711) is shortening of premier minister (1686). In U.S., premier formerly occasionally was applied to the Secretary of State (1855-c.1900).
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Cultural Dictionary

premier definition

The head of government in many nations. A premier's position is usually the same as that of a prime minister. The chiefs of government of the provinces of Canada are called premiers.

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