- 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
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Examples from the Web for prime minister
The next morning the king and the prime-minister were talking over what they had seen.
While the king was saying these words to Beppo, Beppo was looking fixedly at the prime-minister.
As he did so Beppo looked at the prime-minister and smiled, and then he withdrew.
The prime-minister wrung his hand again, and then Beppo rode away.
The prime-minister will again speak to you, and this time say, It is well, and I wish you joy.
- the head of a parliamentary government
- the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
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Word Origin and History for prime minister
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