- a first public performance or showing of a play, opera, film, etc.
- the leading woman, as in a drama.
- to present publicly for the first time: to premiere a new foreign film.
- to have the first public showing: It will premiere at the Arcadia Theater.
- to perform publicly for the first time, as in a particular role, entertainment medium, etc.: When does he premiere as Hamlet?
- first; initial; principal: a premiere showing; the premiere attraction of the evening.
Origin of premiere
Examples from the Web for premiering
We are premiering the film Meena tonight not just to raise awareness about this issue.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now
June 26, 2014
I'm seated outside with Grey having lunch in Austin, Texas, where her latest film, Open Windows, is premiering as part of SXSW.Sasha Grey on Her Secret ‘True Detective’ Cameo, ‘Open Windows,’ and the Duke Porn Star Backlash
March 12, 2014
The new comedy, premiering Wednesday night on ABC, stars Rebel Wilson.Rebel Wilson’s ‘Super Fun Night’ Is Not So Fun
October 2, 2013
Evan Rachel Wood stars as a flighty barista in ‘A Case of You,’ premiering at Tribeca.Evan Rachel Wood on Tribeca Film ‘Case Of You,’ Coming Out as Bisexual, Her Pregnancy, and More
April 24, 2013
Now comes a documentary about its epidemic, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.‘Oxyana’ Documentary at Tribeca Exposes the OxyContin Epidemic
April 23, 2013
- 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 and History for premiering
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.