first minister (plural first ministers)
- 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.
- 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.
principal minister of a ruler or state