Definition of premier in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈmir/


1First in importance, order, or position; leading: Germany’s premier rock band the premier national publication
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  • Ten years ago, our nation's two leading rock critics declared the premier band of the era to be nothing but indolent hacks.
  • It was a rock star moment, epitomising the event, as truly a celebration of this country's premier rock band.
  • The national league is the premier competition in Australia.
leading, foremost, chief, principal, head, top-ranking, top, prime, primary, first, highest, preeminent, nonpareil, senior, outstanding, master, ranking
informal top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip
1.1Of earliest creation: the premier issue of the quarterly
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  • I had purchased the premier issue of Black Clock when ‘Debbieland’ first came out.


1A prime minister or other head of government.
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  • The premier told the president that failure to co-operate with The Hague would have disastrous consequences for the country.
  • Parliament will then appoint a premier, who in turn will appoint a cabinet.
  • The Prime Minister will also discuss this with the Chinese premier during his forthcoming visit to the UK.
leader, head of government, government leader;
president, chancellor, prime minister, PM
1.1(In Australia and Canada) the chief minister of a government of a state or province.
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  • This week, Canada's provincial premiers will be meeting in Victoria, B.C., and later this month they will meet with the prime minister.
  • Among others present were Pandor and a number of the new premiers of the nine provinces.
  • One has to realize that real power lies with a prime minister and a provincial premier.


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

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Syllabification: pre·mier

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