pre·mier (prĭ-mîr, -myîr, prēmîr)
1. First in status or importance; principal or chief: an architect of premier rank.
2. First to occur or exist; earliest.
1. A prime minister.
2. A chief administrative officer, as of a Canadian province.
[Middle English primier, from Old French, from Latin prīmārius, from prīmus, first; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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