- premium loan,
- premium savings bonds,
- at an unusually high price.
- in short supply; in demand: Housing in that area is at a premium.
Origin of premium
Examples from the Web for premium
The lucky recipient gets to choose from a selection of gifts ranging from cocktail kits to packages of wine and premium spirits.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Christie, who places a premium on the fact that he was cool in high school, sounds conservative memes without invoking the Divine.
Some services charge a fee for premium functionality, and sometimes, this functionality includes exporting the data.
The patrons repaid the mob by buying cheap liquor at premium prices, along with bootleg cigarettes and sometimes drugs.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend|Michael Daly|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“No one turned up until about five days later,” an anonymous resident told the Premium Times.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram|Nico Hines|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
King x Loudan, No. 4, is a variety that has been sent out as premium the last three years.
As this was the highest number for that year he thus became entitled to the premium of £500.King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855|E. Keble Chatterton
From the hotel keeper he learned that rooms already were at a premium.Voice from the Cave|Mildred A. Wirt
It may appear that the premium bid was ten cents on each share.Convenient Houses|Louis Henry Gibson
There is no place on earth, be it ever so remote and secluded, in which character is not at a premium.The Betrayal of John Fordham|B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
- an offer of something free or at a specially reduced price as an inducement to buy a commodity or service
- (as modifier)a premium offer
- in great demand or of high value, usually because of scarcity
- above par
Word Origin for premium
c.1600, "reward given for a specific act," from Latin praemium "reward, profit derived from booty," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + emere "to buy," originally "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Insurance sense is 1660s, from Italian premio. Adjectival sense of "superior in quality" is first attested 1925, originally in reference to butter.
see at a premium; put a premium on.