[pri-meer, -myair]
verb (used with object), pre·miered, pre·mier·ing.
  1. to present publicly for the first time: to premiere a new foreign film.
verb (used without object), pre·miered, pre·mier·ing.
  1. to have the first public showing: It will premiere at the Arcadia Theater.
  2. to perform publicly for the first time, as in a particular role, entertainment medium, etc.: When does he premiere as Hamlet?
  1. first; initial; principal: a premiere showing; the premiere attraction of the evening.

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
  1. premiere. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for premiering


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



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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