prime minister


noun

the principal minister and head of government in parliamentary systems; chief of the cabinet or ministry: the British prime minister.

Origin of prime minister

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formsprime-min·is·te·ri·al [prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˈpraɪmˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/, adjectiveprime-min·is·ter·ship, nounprime ministry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prime minister

prime minister

noun

the head of a parliamentary government
the chief minister of a sovereign or a state

Derived Formsprime ministership or prime ministry, noun
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Culture definitions for prime minister

prime minister

The head of government in many nations. Prime minister is commonly the title of the head of government in a parliamentary system, such as that of Britain or Canada.


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