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prime minister

the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; chief of the cabinet or ministry:
the British prime minister.
Origin of prime minister
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[prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˈpraɪmˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
prime-ministership, noun
prime ministry, noun Unabridged
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  • The prime-minister, the chancellor of the exchequer, two other members of the cabinet, and an ambassador were his companions.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • While the king was saying these words to Beppo, Beppo was looking fixedly at the prime-minister.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • There sat the poor princess crying and crying, and there sat the prime-minister trying to comfort her.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • The prime-minister will again speak to you, and this time say, It is well, and I wish you joy.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • At Berlin the British prime-minister carefully watched over the fate of his friends the Turks.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • As he did so Beppo looked at the prime-minister and smiled, and then he withdrew.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • "Now," said she, "it is my turn;" and then the prime-minister knew that his end had come.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • But the prime-minister was as sour about it all as a crab-apple.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • This functionary was possessed of an authority far exceeding that of the prime-minister of any European prince.

  • And did the prime-minister give it to the king, as Jacob Stuck had intended?

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for prime-minister

prime minister

the head of a parliamentary government
the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
Derived Forms
prime ministership, prime ministry, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prime-minister

prime minister

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prime-minister in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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