Definition of premier in English:


Syllabification: pre·mier
Pronunciation: /prēˈm(y)i(ə)r, ˈprēmēər, ˈprēˌmi(ə)r




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  • 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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