[ pri-meer, -myair ]
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  1. a first public performance or showing of a play, opera, film, etc.

  2. the leading woman, as in a drama.

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

First recorded in 1890–95; from French première literally, “first”; feminine of premier; see origin at premier
  • Also pre·mière [pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer] /prɪˈmɪər, -ˈmyɛər; French prəˈmyɛr/ .

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Other definitions for première (2 of 2)

[ pri-meer, -myair; French pruh-myer ]

noun, verb (used with or without object), adjectiveplural pre·mières [pri-meerz, -myairz; French pruh-myer], /prɪˈmɪərz, -ˈmyɛərz; French prəˈmyɛr/, pre·mièred, pre·mièr·ing, Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use premiere in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for premiere


/ (ˈprɛmɪˌɛə, ˈprɛmɪə) /

  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

Origin of premiere

C19: from French, feminine of premier first

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