first minister

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first minister (plural first ministers)

  1. The principal minister of a ruler or state. [from 17th c.]
    • 2016, Peter Ackroyd, Revolution, Pan Macmillan 2017, p. 339:
      The king, knowing that he had an alternative administration in waiting, accepted the first minister's wish.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The chief officer of the executive branch of the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales is now styled a first minister, as is the leader of each of the provinces of Canada; historically, the title was used of the head of the British government as well as of analogous posts in various other countries.

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