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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
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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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 ship
premier
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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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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