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[pri-meer, -myeer, pree-meer]
  1. the head of the cabinet in France or Italy or certain other countries; first minister; prime minister.
  2. a chief officer.
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  1. first in rank; chief; leading.
  2. first in time; earliest; oldest.
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Origin of premier

1400–50; late Middle English primer, primier, premer (adj.) < Anglo-French primer, premer and Middle French premier, primier literally, first < Latin prīmārius of the first rank; see primary
Related formspre·mier·ship, noun
Can be confusedpremier premiere
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  1. the office of premier
    1. a championship competition held among a number of sporting clubs
    2. a victory in such a championship
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  1. another name for prime minister
  2. any of the heads of governments of the Canadian provinces and the Australian states
  3. (plural) Australian the winners of a premiership
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adjective (prenominal)
  1. first in importance, rank, etc
  2. first in occurrence; earliest
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French: first, from Latin prīmārius principal, from prīmus first
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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.)).

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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).

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premiership in Culture


The head of government in many nations. A premier's position is usually the same as that of a prime minister. The chiefs of government of the provinces of Canada are called premiers.

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