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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
First recorded in 1640-50
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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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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
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Word Origin and History for prime minister

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

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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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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