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jeune premier

[French zhœn pruh-myey] /French ʒœn prəˈmyeɪ/
noun, plural jeunes premiers
[French zhœn pruh-myey] /French ʒœn prəˈmyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
the male juvenile lead in a play or movie.
a young actor who plays such a role.
Origin of jeune premier
1850-55; < French: literally, young first (actor) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The jeune premier was his exemplar still: "It reveals new attractions every day!"

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • The thought of this bloated sexagenarian faked up as a jeune premier, pawing that sweet little girl, sickened him.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • He continued to act as jeune premier until he was sixty, his grace, marvellous diction and passion enchanting his audiences.

  • He shook his head impatiently, the throbbing head from which the jeune premier's curls were not removed yet.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • But our "jeune premier" in one sense has eclipsed every darling of the tragic or the comic muse.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • In despite of myself, I can see clearly my future position of jeune premier in this opera of the wilderness.

    The Crooked Stick Rolf Boldrewood

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