Definition of premier in English:

premier

adjective

  • 1attributive First in importance, order, or position; leading.

    ‘Germany's premier rock band’
    ‘the premier national publication’
    • ‘It was a rock star moment, epitomising the event, as truly a celebration of this country's premier rock band.’
    • ‘We want to maintain this position as the premier hotel, first here, then in Thailand, then in Asia, and then maybe in the world.’
    • ‘That's why Faulk and James are considered the premier players at their position.’
    • ‘He's one of the premier players at his position, but all bets are off if Manning gets hurt.’
    • ‘Further, the book will be of immense help to all those who are interested in keeping Indian agriculture in its premier position.’
    • ‘My understanding is that Leinart is being viewed as the premier player at any position in the draft.’
    • ‘I was hitting against Bruce Sutter, one of the premier closers in the National League.’
    • ‘He is an excellent athlete and should be a premier defender at the position.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, our nation's two leading rock critics declared the premier band of the era to be nothing but indolent hacks.’
    • ‘After two years there, he returned to Moscow and joined the Bolshoi Ballet; from 1899 he was its premier dancer.’
    • ‘It's what Google needs in order to remain the premier search engine.’
    • ‘If anyone, Preddie was in the premier position to comment on calypso.’
    • ‘The national league is the premier competition in Australia.’
    • ‘Over the decades, Cash carved out his position as the premier purveyor of bluesy country music around, and his craggy visage is a picture of cool even today.’
    • ‘At the same time, they will enhance Dubai's position as premier transit point to destinations around the globe.’
    • ‘Milloy continues to be one of the premier players in the league at his position.’
    leading, foremost, chief, principal, head, top-ranking, top, top-tier, prime, primary, first, highest, second to none, pre-eminent, main, senior, outstanding, master
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    1. 1.1 Of earliest creation.
      ‘the premier issue of the quarterly’
      • ‘I had purchased the premier issue of Black Clock when ‘Debbieland’ first came out.’
      prime, excellent, superb, superior, choice, select, elite, quality, top-quality, top-grade, first-rate, first-class, top-class, high-grade, grade a, best, finest, choicest, superlative, unsurpassed, unexcelled, unparalleled, peerless, second to none
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noun

  • 1A prime minister or other head of government.

    • ‘The Prime Minister will also discuss this with the Chinese premier during his forthcoming visit to the UK.’
    • ‘He is only the second premier to have led Cabinet officials in a walk - out from a legislative session.’
    • ‘The premier told the president that failure to co-operate with The Hague would have disastrous consequences for the country.’
    • ‘Picco said that, if re-elected, he will again seek a spot on cabinet, but he has no interest in the premier's job.’
    • ‘The premier hopes it will establish his first foreign policy triumph.’
    • ‘He also handed over a letter from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to the Thai premier.’
    • ‘A glittering audience of presidents, premiers and royalty will attend the inauguration of the president, which will be completed by around midday.’
    • ‘But whatever shape the coalition government takes, he said, the right to appoint the premier belongs to the president.’
    • ‘In Lebanon's highly sectarian society the former premier was widely seen as a statesman rather than a Muslim leader.’
    • ‘Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados, became the Prime Minister of the Federation.’
    • ‘They don't write fairy tales about premiers or presidents.’
    • ‘Parliament will then appoint a premier, who in turn will appoint a cabinet.’
    • ‘The spirit of the Constitution tends to favor a dual-executive system, with the right to nominate the premier vested in the president.’
    head of government, prime minister, pm, president, chief minister, chancellor
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    1. 1.1 (in Australia and Canada) the chief minister of a government of a state or province.
      • ‘Among others present were Pandor and a number of the new premiers of the nine provinces.’
      • ‘This week, Canada's provincial premiers will be meeting in Victoria, B.C., and later this month they will meet with the prime minister.’
      • ‘Provincial premiers and territorial leaders called for a new funding partnership for health care at their August meeting.’
      • ‘A provincial premier has ready access to any number of learned advisors.’
      • ‘In the mid-1850s governors and officials were replaced by premiers and ministers responsible to parliament.’
      • ‘‘Let's treat Quebec like any other province,’ the other province premiers always say.’
      • ‘So, the premier wants the Energy Ministry to consider selling the oil bonds to the public first in the next bond offering.’
      • ‘Thereafter there will be debate about the new appointments among the cabinet and provincial premiers.’
      • ‘At present the constitution limits the presidency - and the provincial premiers - to two terms of office.’
      • ‘He was asked if he expects to be at the table when the prime minister meets with the premiers on health.’
      • ‘Today he is the Labor premier in Australia's most populous state, with about seven million people.’
      • ‘All of Canada's premiers are to meet at the end of the month in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, to discuss health care.’
      • ‘In 1999, the premiers of Canada's three territories signed a similar agreement, in Iqaluit.’
      • ‘One has to realize that real power lies with a prime minister and a provincial premier.’
      • ‘I spent yesterday with the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, because we're a very big company in Canada.’
      • ‘Subsidized housing popped up all over the States and suddenly the provincial premier was pushing the new mayor to put one up in the red light zone.’
      chief, head, principal, boss
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Old French, ‘first’, from Latin primarius ‘principal’.

Pronunciation

premier

/prəˈmir//prəˈmɪr/