premiere

[pri-meer, -myair]
noun
1.
a first public performance or showing of a play, opera, film, etc.
2.
the leading woman, as in a drama.
verb (used with object), premiered, premiering.
3.
to present publicly for the first time: to premiere a new foreign film.
verb (used without object), premiered, premiering.
4.
to have the first public showing: It will premiere at the Arcadia Theater.
5.
to perform publicly for the first time, as in a particular role, entertainment medium, etc.: When does he premiere as Hamlet?
adjective
6.
first; initial; principal: a premiere showing; the premiere attraction of the evening.

Origin:
1890–95; < French première literally, first; feminine of premier premier

premier, premiere.
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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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