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prime minister

noun
1.
the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; chief of the cabinet or ministry:
the British prime minister.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50
Related forms
prime-ministerial
[prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˈpraɪmˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
prime-ministership, noun
prime ministry, noun
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prime minister

noun
1.
the head of a parliamentary government
2.
the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
Derived Forms
prime ministership, prime ministry, noun
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prime minister

1640s, see prime (adj.) and minister (n.). Applied to the First Minister of State of Great Britain since 1694.

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prime minister definition


The head of government in many nations. Prime minister is commonly the title of the head of government in a parliamentary system, such as that of Britain or Canada.

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