Prime minister


(1)   The person who is head of state (in several countries)
(2)   The person who holds the position of head of the government in England


  1. In a parliamentary democracy, the chief member of the cabinet and head of the government; usually the leader of the majority party.
    This is a list of all prime ministers since Churchill.
    Yesterday we had a visit from the Prime Minister. (See usage notes.)

Usage notes

  • When referring to a particular prime minister, is capitalised:
    The Prime Minister issued a statement today.
  • When referring to a prime minister by title and name together, British usage is “the Prime Minister, Tony Blair” or “Tony Blair, the Prime Minister”, while North American usage is “Prime Minister Tony Blair”.