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premium

[ pree-mee-uhm ]
/ ˈpri mi əm /
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noun

adjective

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limited, rare, scanty, deficient, sparse, scant, sporadic, valuable, costly, fancy, high, lavish, extravagant, overpriced, pricey, upscale, steep, stiff, failing, few

Nearby words

preminger, premise, premised, premises, premiss, premium, premium loan, premium savings bonds, premix, premixture, première

Idioms

    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
SYNONYMS FOR premium
2 reward. See bonus.
Related formsnon·pre·mi·um, nounsu·per·pre·mi·um, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for at a premium

premium

/ (ˈpriːmɪəm) /

noun

Word Origin for premium

C17: from Latin praemium prize, booty, reward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for at a premium

premium


n.

c.1600, "reward given for a specific act," from Latin praemium "reward, profit derived from booty," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + emere "to buy," originally "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Insurance sense is 1660s, from Italian premio. Adjectival sense of "superior in quality" is first attested 1925, originally in reference to butter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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)

premium


see at a premium; put a premium on.

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