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premiere adj : preceding all others in time; "the premiere showing" [syn: premier] n : the first public performance of a play or movie


1 be performed for the first time; "We premiered the opera of the young composer and it was a critical success" [syn: premier]
2 perform a work for the first time [syn: premier]

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Alternative spellings


From première "first"



  1. The first showing of a film, play or other form of entertainment, often held as a special event with celebrity guests.


first showing of a film, play or other form of entertainment
  • Czech: premiéra
  • German: Premiere
  • Hungarian: premier, ősbemutató
  • Polish: premiera


  1. Of a film or play, to play for the first time.
    The new film premieres this weekend.
  2. To present a film or play for the first time.
    The local theatre will premiere its latest play this week.


(intransitive) of a film or play, to play for the first time
(transitive) to present a film or play for the first time

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Extensive Definition

The word premiere (or première, from the French première, "first") generally means "a first performance". This can refer to plays, films (movies) and so on. Premieres for theatrical, musical and other cultural presentations can become extravagant affairs, attracting large numbers of socialites and much media attention. Standard trappings may include a parade along a red carpet. At a festive film premiere the main actors involved in the performance may attend.
"Worldwide" premieres (or "world" premieres) mark the first showing of the performance ever; regional or national premieres may signal the first performance/screening in a given country. A film may screen at a film festival before its general release to movie theaters.
Betts (2004: 12) attributes the introduction of the film premiere to Sid Grauman.


  • Betts, Raymond F: A history of popular culture: more of everything, faster, and brighter. Routledge: New York and London, 2004.
premiere in Bulgarian: Премиера
premiere in Danish: Premiere
premiere in German: Premiere
premiere in Esperanto: Premiero
premiere in French: Avant-première
premiere in Croatian: Premijera
premiere in Italian: Anteprima (cultura)
premiere in Dutch: Première
premiere in Japanese: 初演
premiere in Norwegian: Premiere
premiere in Portuguese: Estreia
premiere in Russian: Премьера
premiere in Albanian: Premiera
premiere in Slovenian: Premiera
premiere in Finnish: Ensi-ilta
premiere in Ukrainian: Прем'єра

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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