Definition of premiere in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛmɪɛː/


The first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a film: the world premiere of his new play
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  • Indeed, the producers claim three recording premieres: the Double Concerto, the Two Portraits, and the chamber-orchestra version of the Sinfonietta.
  • Their show this weekend is their Irish premiere, and is performed at night on a spectacular seven-metre structure.
  • Forgiveness was selected as one of the opening films and will screen its international premiere at the festival.
first performance, first showing, first night, opening, opening night, debut, launch


[with object]
1Give the first performance of: his first stage play was premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
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  • International Fashion Machines is premiering their Electric Plaid light show at the current triennal.
  • Cable channels often ignore the ‘seasons’ altogether, premiering their shows over the summer when the networks are in reruns.
  • Apartment House are also premiering a piece by Gerhard Stäbler, one of Germany's most original middle-generation composers.
1.1 [no object] (Of a musical or theatrical work or a film) have its first performance: the show premiered in New York this week
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  • High school pupils who have written plays about car crime dangers saw their work premiered at Wigan Pier.
  • The work premiered in Sydney in May 2003 to extraordinary critical and audience acclaim.
  • In 1992, the film premiered and was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.


Late 19th century: French première, feminine of premier 'first' (see premier).

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