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premiere

[pri-meer, -myair] /prɪˈmɪər, -ˈmyɛər/
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 of premiere
1890-1895
1890-95; < French première literally, first; feminine of premier premier
Can be confused
premier, premiere.

première

[pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪər, -ˈmyɛər; French prəˈmyɛr/
noun, plural premières
[pri-meerz, -myairz; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪərz, -ˈmyɛərz; French prəˈmyɛr/ (Show IPA),
verb (used with or without object), premiered, premiering, adjective
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premiere

/ˈprɛmɪˌɛə; ˈprɛmɪə/
noun
1.
the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
2.
the leading lady in a theatre company
verb
3.
to give or be the first public performance of
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of premier first
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Word Origin and History for premiere
n.

1889, "first performance of a play," from French première, in phrase première représentation, from fem. of Old French premier "first" (see premier). The verb is recorded from 1940.

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