prime minister


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



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Origin of prime minister

First recorded in 1640–50

OTHER WORDS FROM prime minister

prime-min·is·te·ri·al [prahym-min-uh-steer-ee-uhl], /ˈpraɪmˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/, adjectiveprime-min·is·ter·ship, nounprime ministry, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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British Dictionary definitions for prime minister

prime minister


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

Derived forms of prime minister

prime ministership or prime ministry, noun
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Cultural 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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