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prime minister

noun
1.
the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; chief of the cabinet or ministry:
the British prime minister.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50
Related forms
prime-ministerial
[prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˈpraɪmˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
prime-ministership, noun
prime ministry, noun
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Examples for prime minister
  • The prime minister heads the government and appoints cabinet ministers to run official departments.
  • The prime minister will make a speech and say that an earthquake is imminent.
  • But it is difficult to see how the prime minister will be able to deliver on the chief demands of the movement for three reasons.
  • They didn't meet with the king, and the prime minister didn't meet them either.
  • Civilization may have been hanging in the balance, but the prime minister wanted his bath.
  • She has served as prime minister, minister of social affairs, and minister of foreign affairs.
  • Two grown-ups-one a banker whose office is three blocks away-cannot tell me where to find the prime minister's office.
British Dictionary definitions for prime minister

prime minister

noun
1.
the head of a parliamentary government
2.
the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
Derived Forms
prime ministership, prime ministry, noun
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Word Origin and History for prime minister

1640s, see prime (adj.) and minister (n.). Applied to the First Minister of State of Great Britain since 1694.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prime minister in Culture

prime minister definition


The head of government in many nations. Prime minister is commonly the title of the head of government in a parliamentary system, such as that of Britain or Canada.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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