Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first public performance, as of a movie or play.
  • intransitive verb To present the first public performance of.
  • intransitive verb To have the first public performance.
  • intransitive verb To make a first appearance in a public performance.
  • adjective First or paramount; premier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The first showing of a film, play or other form of entertainment, often held as a special event with celebrity guests.
  • noun The first episode of a television show or a particular season of that show.
  • noun In a series of narrative works, the installment that is chronologically set first.
  • verb intransitive Of a film or play, to play for the first time.
  • verb transitive To present a film or play for the first time.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French première, from feminine of premier, first; see premier.]

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From French première "first"

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