Definition of premier in English:

premier

adjective

attributive
  • 1First in importance, order, or position; leading.

    ‘Germany's premier rock band’
    ‘the premier league’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the decades, Cash carved out his position as the premier purveyor of bluesy country music around, and his craggy visage is a picture of cool even today.’
    • ‘Further, the book will be of immense help to all those who are interested in keeping Indian agriculture in its premier position.’
    • ‘If anyone, Preddie was in the premier position to comment on calypso.’
    • ‘Milloy continues to be one of the premier players in the league at his position.’
    • ‘It's what Google needs in order to remain the premier search engine.’
    • ‘After two years there, he returned to Moscow and joined the Bolshoi Ballet; from 1899 he was its premier dancer.’
    • ‘We want to maintain this position as the premier hotel, first here, then in Thailand, then in Asia, and then maybe in the world.’
    • ‘At the same time, they will enhance Dubai's position as premier transit point to destinations around the globe.’
    • ‘That's why Faulk and James are considered the premier players at their position.’
    • ‘My understanding is that Leinart is being viewed as the premier player at any position in the draft.’
    • ‘He's one of the premier players at his position, but all bets are off if Manning gets hurt.’
    • ‘I was hitting against Bruce Sutter, one of the premier closers in the National League.’
    • ‘He is an excellent athlete and should be a premier defender at the position.’
    leading, foremost, chief, principal, head, top-ranking, top, top-tier, prime, primary, first, highest, second to none, pre-eminent, main, senior, outstanding, master
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    1. 1.1Of earliest creation.
      ‘he holds the premier barony in the UK—created in 1269’
      • ‘I had purchased the premier issue of Black Clock when ‘Debbieland’ first came out.’
      prime, excellent, superb, superior, choice, select, elite, quality, top-quality, top-grade, first-rate, first-class, top-class, high-grade, grade A, best, finest, premier, choicest, superlative, unsurpassed, unexcelled, unparalleled, peerless, second to none
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noun

  • 1A prime minister or other head of government.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They don't write fairy tales about premiers or presidents.’
    • ‘But whatever shape the coalition government takes, he said, the right to appoint the premier belongs to the president.’
    • ‘The spirit of the Constitution tends to favor a dual-executive system, with the right to nominate the premier vested in the president.’
    • ‘He is only the second premier to have led Cabinet officials in a walk - out from a legislative session.’
    • ‘A glittering audience of presidents, premiers and royalty will attend the inauguration of the president, which will be completed by around midday.’
    • ‘Picco said that, if re-elected, he will again seek a spot on cabinet, but he has no interest in the premier's job.’
    • ‘Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados, became the Prime Minister of the Federation.’
    • ‘The premier hopes it will establish his first foreign policy triumph.’
    • ‘He also handed over a letter from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to the Thai premier.’
    head of government, prime minister, PM, president, chief minister, chancellor
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    1. 1.1(in Australia and Canada) the chief minister of a government of a state or province.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I spent yesterday with the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, because we're a very big company in Canada.’
      • ‘Provincial premiers and territorial leaders called for a new funding partnership for health care at their August meeting.’
      • ‘‘Let's treat Quebec like any other province,’ the other province premiers always say.’
      • ‘In the mid-1850s governors and officials were replaced by premiers and ministers responsible to parliament.’
      • ‘All of Canada's premiers are to meet at the end of the month in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, to discuss health care.’
      • ‘In 1999, the premiers of Canada's three territories signed a similar agreement, in Iqaluit.’
      • ‘Today he is the Labor premier in Australia's most populous state, with about seven million people.’
      • ‘A provincial premier has ready access to any number of learned advisors.’
      • ‘Thereafter there will be debate about the new appointments among the cabinet and provincial premiers.’
      • ‘So, the premier wants the Energy Ministry to consider selling the oil bonds to the public first in the next bond offering.’
      • ‘At present the constitution limits the presidency - and the provincial premiers - to two terms of office.’
      • ‘He was asked if he expects to be at the table when the prime minister meets with the premiers on health.’
      • ‘Subsidized housing popped up all over the States and suddenly the provincial premier was pushing the new mayor to put one up in the red light zone.’
      chief, head, principal, boss
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Origin

Late 15th century from Old French, ‘first’, from Latin primarius ‘principal’.

Pronunciation

premier

/ˈprɛmɪə/ /ˈpriːmɪə/