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premier (adj.)

mid-15c., "first in time, earliest in appearance;" late 15c. as "first in rank or importance," from French premier "first, chief," from Latin primarius "of the first rank; chief, principal; excellent," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)).

premier (n.)

1711 in the political sense, "the first minister of a state," a shortening of premier minister (1680s); see premier (adj.). In U.S. usage, premier formerly was applied occasionally to the Secretary of State (late 19c.).

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Definitions of premier from WordNet
1
premier (v.)
be performed for the first time;
We premiered the opera of the young composer and it was a critical success
Synonyms: premiere
premier (v.)
perform a work for the first time;
Synonyms: premiere
2
premier (n.)
the person who holds the position of head of the government in the United Kingdom;
Synonyms: Prime Minister / pm
premier (n.)
the person who is head of government (in several countries);
3
premier (adj.)
first in rank or degree;
an architect of premier rank
Synonyms: prime
premier (adj.)
preceding all others in time;
Synonyms: premiere
From wordnet.princeton.edu