Simple Definition of eminently
: to a high degree
Full Definition of eminently
: to a high degree : very <eminently worthy> <an eminently sensible plan>
Examples of eminently in a sentence
<an applicant who is eminently qualified for the job>
Did You Know?
When British physician Tobias Venner wrote in 1620 of houses "somewhat eminently situated," he used "eminently" in a way that now seems unusual. Venner meant that the houses were literally located in a high place, but that lofty use of "eminently" has since slipped into obsolescence. "Eminently" traces to the Latin term eminēre, which means "to stand out." In its first documented English uses in the 15th century, the term meant "conspicuously," but that sense, like the elevated one we mentioned earlier, is now obsolete. The figurative sense for which the word is best known today began appearing in English texts in the mid-1600s.
First Known Use of eminently
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up eminently? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).