Definition of prime minister in English:

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prime minister

Pronunciation: /prīm ˈminəstər/


The head of an elected government; the principal minister of a sovereign or state.

In current use, the terms premier and prime minister refer to the same office in Britain, but in Canada and Australia the government of a province or state is headed by a premier, that of the federal government by a prime minister. In countries such as France, where the president has an executive function, the prime minister is in a subordinate position.

Example sentences
  • There have been many mutual visits, by presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers.
  • The prime ministers of Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom were elected.
  • Since the 1980s, the Antilles has had two female prime ministers and several female ministers.


prime ministership

Example sentences
  • I believe that will be the mark of his prime ministership, and it will certainly be the mark of his Government, of which I was privileged to be a junior member.
  • Successful economic reform marked the early period of his prime ministership, but splits within his governing coalition and allegations of corruption weakened him.
  • Four years after losing the prime ministership, he remains a political celebrity who polarises opinions.

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Syllabification: prime min·is·ter

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