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premier

[pri-meer, -myeer, pree-meer] /prɪˈmɪər, -ˈmyɪər, ˈpri mɪər/
noun
1.
the head of the cabinet in France or Italy or certain other countries; first minister; prime minister.
2.
a chief officer.
adjective
3.
first in rank; chief; leading.
4.
first in time; earliest; oldest.
Origin of premier
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Related forms
premiership, noun
Can be confused
premier, premiere.
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  • The daughter of a poor goatherd, whom I picked up from the mire, is now the premier pipe-filler of the Pasha of Salonica.

  • But the friends of Protection did not leave the premier without opposition.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • premier mémoire: Recherches sur le principe du droit et du gouvernement.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • The premier and some of his colleagues observed, however, a moody silence.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Before long the premier came in sight, accompanied by Coxon.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for premier

premier

/ˈprɛmjə/
noun
1.
another name for prime minister
2.
any of the heads of governments of the Canadian provinces and the Australian states
3.
(pl) (Austral) the winners of a premiership
adjective (prenominal)
4.
first in importance, rank, etc
5.
first in occurrence; earliest
Word Origin
C15: from Old French: first, from Latin prīmārius principal, from prīmus first
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Word Origin and History for premier
adj.

mid-15c., "first in time;" late 15c. as "first in rank," from Middle French premier "first, chief," from Latin primarius "of the first rank, chief" (see primary (adj.)).

n.

1711 in the political sense, a shortening of premier minister (1680s); see premier (adj.). In U.S. usage, premier formerly was applied occasionally to the Secretary of State (1855-c.1900).

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premier in Culture

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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