Definition of jeune première in US English:

jeune première

(also jeune premiere)


  • An actor who plays the part of the principal female lover or young heroine.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Quarterly Review. From French jeune première, lit. ‘first young woman’ from jeune young + première first woman, use as noun of feminine of premier.


jeune première

/ˌʒəːn prəmˈjɛː/