premier, premiere

The words premier, premiere sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do premier, premiere sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: premier, premiere are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    First in status or importance; principal or chief: an architect of premier rank.

  2. :: adjective

    First to occur or exist; earliest.

  3. :: noun

    A prime minister.

  4. :: noun

    A chief administrative officer, as of a Canadian province.

  1. :: noun

    The first public performance, as of a movie or play.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To present the first public performance of.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To have the first public performance.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To make a first appearance in a public performance.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").