prime minister


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

Nearby words

  1. prime field,
  2. prime focus,
  3. prime ideal,
  4. prime interest rate,
  5. prime meridian,
  6. prime mover,
  7. prime number,
  8. prime number theorem,
  9. prime of life,
  10. prime rate

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsprime ministership or prime ministry, noun

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Word Origin and History for prime minister

prime minister

1640s, see prime (adj.) and minister (n.). Applied to the First Minister of State of Great Britain since 1694.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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