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[pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪər, -ˈmyɛər; French prəˈmyɛr/
noun, plural premières
[pri-meerz, -myairz; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪərz, -ˈmyɛərz; French prəˈmyɛr/ (Show IPA),
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), premiered, premiering, adjective
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Examples from the web for première
  • 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.
  • And click through for a preview of the premiere episode in the season.
  • If the premiere was any indication, the answer is a distinct.
  • While less frantic than the premiere, the second episode still served up plenty of crazy.
British Dictionary definitions for première


/ˈprɛmɪˌɛə; ˈprɛmɪə/
the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
the leading lady in a theatre company
to give or be the first public performance of
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of premier first
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Word Origin and History for première



1889, "first performance of a play," from French première, in phrase première représentation, from fem. of Old French premier "first" (see premier). The verb is recorded from 1940.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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