Definition of premier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛmɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːmɪə/


1First in importance, order, or position; leading: Germany’s premier rock band the premier league
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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, top-tier, prime, primary, first, highest, second to none, pre-eminent, main, senior, outstanding, master;
North American  ranking
informal top-notch, crack
1.1Of earliest creation: he holds the premier barony in the UK—created in 1269
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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.
head of government, prime minister, PM, president, chief minister, chancellor
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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