- the head of the cabinet in France or Italy or certain other countries; first minister; prime minister.
- a chief officer.
- first in rank; chief; leading.
- first in time; earliest; oldest.
Origin of premier
Examples from the Web for premier
Most recently, Karl Lagerfeld hosted a grand fête celebrating the premier of his film Reincarnation.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
Female stars of the nation's premier improv collective read a gay friend's Grindr messages.The Ladies of Second City Read Grindr Hookup Messages
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
When most of us think of the premier retirement destination for unrepentant Nazis, our minds immediately turn to South America.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
Only time will tell whether Mattel can save their premier toy from financial ruin.Barbie Is Out, Monster High Is In
October 21, 2014
For all these reasons and more, the 38-year-old actress has become one of the premier portrayers of working-class women onscreen.Michelle Monaghan on ‘Fort Bliss,’ the Lack of Roles for Women, and ‘True Detective’ Hysteria
September 23, 2014
But the friends of Protection did not leave the Premier without opposition.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The premier and some of his colleagues observed, however, a moody silence.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Beckendorff himself, the Premier, is the son of a peasant; and of course not noble.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
It was he, who, during the illness of the then Premier, despatched the contingent to the Soudan.Six Letters From the Colonies
The Premier did not approve of the suggestion, nor was it like to meet acceptance at home.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
- another name for prime minister
- any of the heads of governments of the Canadian provinces and the Australian states
- (plural) Australian the winners of a premiership
- first in importance, rank, etc
- first in occurrence; earliest
Word Origin and History for premier
mid-15c., "first in time;" late 15c. as "first in rank," from Middle French premier "first, chief," from Latin primarius "of the first rank, chief" (see primary (adj.)).
1711 in the political sense, a shortening of premier minister (1680s); see premier (adj.). In U.S. usage, premier formerly was applied occasionally to the Secretary of State (1855-c.1900).