première

[pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer]
noun, plural premières [pri-meerz, -myairz; French pruh-myer] , verb (used with object), verb (used without object), premiered, premiering, adjective
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premiere (ˈprɛmɪˌɛə, ˈprɛmɪə)
 
n
1.  the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
2.  the leading lady in a theatre company
 
vb
3.  to give or be the first public performance of
 
[C19: from French, feminine of premier first]

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premiere
1889, "first performance of a play," from Fr. première, in phrase première représentation, from fem. of O.Fr. premier "first" (see premier). The verb is recorded from 1940.
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Example sentences
Premiere has not met those targets and its growth in subscribers is well below what was expected.
It could have been the premiere of a summer blockbuster.
Ed will also be commenting on the show during the premiere.
Visual effects were so complicated that the premiere was delayed by four months.
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