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

  • n. The first public performance, as of a movie or play.
  • transitive v. To present the first public performance of.
  • intransitive v. To have the first public performance.
  • intransitive v. To make a first appearance in a public performance.
  • adj. First or paramount; premier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Etymologies

French première, from feminine of premier, first; see premier.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French première "first" (Wiktionary)

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