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première

[pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer]
noun, plural pre·mières [pri-meerz, -myairz; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪərz, -ˈmyɛərz; French prəˈmyɛr/, verb (used with or without object), pre·miered, pre·mier·ing, adjective
  1. premiere.
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British Dictionary definitions for première

premiere

noun
  1. the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
  2. the leading lady in a theatre company
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verb
  1. to give or be the first public performance of
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Word Origin

C19: from French, feminine of premier first
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Word Origin and History for première

premiere

n.

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.

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