Origin of premiere

1890–95; < French première literally, first; feminine of premier premier
Can be confusedpremier premiere


[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

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  • "We should never have premiered cold like this," Lemson complained.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

British Dictionary definitions for premiered



the first public performance of a film, play, opera, etc
the leading lady in a theatre company


to give or be the first public performance of

Word Origin for premiere

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



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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