[ pree-mee-uhm ]
/ ˈpri mi əm /



Idioms for premium

    at a premium,
    1. at an unusually high price.
    2. in short supply; in demand: Housing in that area is at a premium.

Origin of premium

First recorded in 1595–1605, premium is from the Latin word praemium profit, reward


non·pre·mi·um, nounsu·per·pre·mi·um, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for at a premium

/ (ˈpriːmɪəm) /


Word Origin for premium

C17: from Latin praemium prize, booty, reward
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Idioms and Phrases with at a premium (1 of 2)

at a premium

At a higher price than usual owing to scarcity; also, considered more valuable, held in high esteem. For example, Since that article came out, the firm's stock has been selling at a premium and Space is at a premium in most stores. This idiom uses premium in the sense of “bounty” or “bonus.” [Mid-1800s] Also see put a premium on.

Idioms and Phrases with at a premium (2 of 2)


see at a premium; put a premium on.

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