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 1640–50Related 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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Historical Examples of 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.
British Dictionary definitions for prime minister
Derived Formsprime ministership or prime ministry, noun
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
1640s, see prime (adj.) and minister (n.). Applied to the First Minister of State of Great Britain since 1694.
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