- 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 premiership
During her premiership, inflation fell from a high of 27 percent in 1975 to 2.5 percent by 1986.How Margaret Thatcher Won the Arguments That Mattered
April 8, 2013
Netanyahu addressed the summit following one of the most historic days of his premiership.Netanyahu Balks At Base
July 20, 2012
Shamir was returning to the premiership under a power-sharing agreement with Shimon Peres's Labor Party.The Last Revolutionary
July 2, 2012
There was hardly a voice that did not lament his elevation to the premiership.The Man Who Reinvented India
May 24, 2012
There is a new Battle for Britain and winning it will be one of the greatest challenges of David Cameron's premiership.A Stand-Alone Scotland
January 11, 2012
I was given to understand clearly that it was but a stepping-stone to the Premiership.The Crime Club
Nor was he the only Speaker to exchange the Chair for the Premiership.The Mother of Parliaments
He was succeeded in the Premiership by his brother the Duke of Newcastle.London and the Kingdom - Volume III
Reginald R. Sharpe
I would not have changed my position in London for the Premiership.The City in the Clouds
C. Ranger Gull
Soon after his appointment to the premiership, his health began to decline, and within four months he was numbered with the dead.
- the office of premier
- a championship competition held among a number of sporting clubs
- a victory in such a championship
- 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 premiership
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).