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[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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Examples from the Web for première
Historical Examples
  • Lola's début as a première danseuse was made on March 30, 1844.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • "première Classe" coaches were reserved for us on our trip to Paris.

    A "Y Girl in France

    Katherine Shortall
  • It is ever thus with the transient passions of our première jeunesse.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • She was to have her première in May, and Josef wrote that he would go up from Paris with her.

    Katrine Elinor Macartney Lane
  • It seems clear that prior to the play's première there was no rift between the management at Drury Lane and the authors.

  • They were to his sense always settled and stately, rehearsals of the première even more than rehearsals of the play.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • Mrs. R. went to see the première of a new piece about which there had been considerable excitement in the theatrical world.

  • It seems incredible that you were having your première here to-night and that I knew nothing of it—until now.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • But then it must be borne in mind that the première danseuse is a lady whose quickness of perception is altogether unique.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • The same author, première expédition de Jeanne d'Arc, pp. 41 et seq.

British Dictionary definitions for première


/ˈprɛmɪˌɛə; ˈprɛmɪə/
the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
the leading lady in a theatre company
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 première



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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