Definition of premiere in English:

premiere

noun

  • The first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a film:

    ‘the world premiere of his new play’
    • ‘I don't really go to any sort of parties and film premieres.’
    • ‘Now a solid band, they will be sharing the stage with Dennis Rollins and friends to perform the world premiere of a specially-commissioned piece.’
    • ‘He's been seen out at film premieres, in Tatler, a watering-hole for celebrities, and in the cafes of Victoria Street, a trendy strip near where he's living.’
    • ‘It has also been used for glitzy film premieres.’
    • ‘The film had its world premiere in New York in November 2003 and it featured last month at Toronto's Reelworld Film Festival.’
    • ‘He was aiming to attend three gala premieres of the film in one day, starting at Manchester and jetting on to Birmingham and finally London's Leicester Square.’
    • ‘The 5m film had its world premiere there and was widely praised.’
    • ‘Tralee Musical Society is all set for the Irish premiere of the popular production Children of Eden.’
    • ‘The company's involvement ranges from in-movie advertising, theatre tie-ups and premieres to national launches, special shows and consumer promotions.’
    • ‘Their show this weekend is their Irish premiere, and is performed at night on a spectacular seven-metre structure.’
    • ‘Forgiveness was selected as one of the opening films and will screen its international premiere at the festival.’
    • ‘The Rainbow networks will get first crack at the domestic broadcast premieres of films bought by the Weinstein-run fund.’
    • ‘Last night the world premiere made its debut at Hull Truck Theatre.’
    • ‘Alberto accompanied us to many of the premieres of the film.’
    • ‘Indeed, the producers claim three recording premieres: the Double Concerto, the Two Portraits, and the chamber-orchestra version of the Sinfonietta.’
    first performance, first showing, first night, opening, opening night, debut, launch
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Give the first performance of:

    ‘his first stage play was premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’
    • ‘If you aren't heading for the movies this week-end, it would be a good idea to tune into BBC World, which premieres its new thought-provoking programme: The 21st Century Medicine Season.’
    • ‘The film based on the first book of the series - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - premieres this week and the audience in the capital is getting ready for ‘a journey beyond their imagination’.’
    • ‘The festival will also be premiering the latest clay-model feature by 3 Bears Animation, The Godson.’
    • ‘International Fashion Machines is premiering their Electric Plaid light show at the current triennal.’
    • ‘Apartment House are also premiering a piece by Gerhard Stäbler, one of Germany's most original middle-generation composers.’
    • ‘Cable channels often ignore the ‘seasons’ altogether, premiering their shows over the summer when the networks are in reruns.’
    • ‘He let slip on local radio last Friday that he'll be premiering a one-man show at this summer's art festival.’
    • ‘The Leaky Heaven Circus will be premiering their biggest endeavor thus far, Ziggurat!’
    • ‘Right now, the stars are in London, premiering the movie there.’
    • ‘Take a look at this rap video that we're premiering March 22nd on MTV.’
    1. 1.1[no object] (of a musical or theatrical work or a film) have its first performance:
      ‘the show premiered in New York this week’
      • ‘In 1992, the film premiered and was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.’
      • ‘His latest run of short films regularly premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.’
      • ‘The film will premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival this summer.’
      • ‘The film premiered to rave reviews at last year's Toronto Film Festival.’
      • ‘It took three more years to orchestrate, and the opera premiered in Paris in November 1983.’
      • ‘Gradually, the work grew from this home entertainment into the full opera premiered in Weimar two days before Christmas 1893.’
      • ‘High school pupils who have written plays about car crime dangers saw their work premiered at Wigan Pier.’
      • ‘The work premiered in Sydney in May 2003 to extraordinary critical and audience acclaim.’
      • ‘The film premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival earlier this year, and is scheduled for release in India shortly.’
      • ‘The play premiered in Paris, then on to Seattle, Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, London and Tokyo.’

Origin

Late 19th century: French première, feminine of premier first (see premier).

Pronunciation:

premiere

/ˈprɛmɪɛː/