prime minister

the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; chief of the cabinet or ministry: the British prime minister.


prime-ministerial [prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uhl] , adjective
prime-ministership, noun
prime ministry, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
prime minister
1.  the head of a parliamentary government
2.  the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
prime ministership
prime ministry

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Word Origin & History

prime minister
1646, see prime (adj.) and minister. Applied to the First Minister of State of Great Britain since 1694.
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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences
The prime minister heads the government and appoints cabinet ministers to run
  official departments.
The prime minister will make a speech and say that an earthquake is imminent.
But it is difficult to see how the prime minister will be able to deliver on
  the chief demands of the movement for three reasons.
They didn't meet with the king, and the prime minister didn't meet them either.
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