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prime minister

  1. 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
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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Historical Examples of prime-ministership

  • Disgusted with their desultory, hand-to-mouth existence, they yearned after respectability and a prime-ministership.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847


British Dictionary definitions for prime-ministership

prime minister

  1. the head of a parliamentary government
  2. the chief minister of a sovereign or a state
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Derived Formsprime ministership or prime ministry, noun
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Word Origin and History for prime-ministership

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prime-ministership in Culture

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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