It is not surprising that two words with just a single letter separating their spellings would cause confusion among English writers. This is the case with the terms premier and premiere, which only differ in appearance by a single letter “e” but have different meanings and uses. This post will help you identify these differences to help avoid further confusion in the future.
The word premier functions as an adjective which means “first in importance, order, or position” or “leading.”
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It also sometimes used as a noun to refer to “a prime minister or other head of government.”
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On the other hand, the term premiere is commonly used as a noun referring to “the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a movie.”
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It may also be used as a verb meaning “to give the first performance of.”
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Now that you have learned about the differences between premier and premiere in terms of meaning and usage, you would be able to use them properly in your writing. Remember that premier shows are usually those that get to have grand premieres.