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paramount

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adjective par·a·mount \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt, ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of paramount

  • : very important : of highest rank or importance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of paramount

  1. :  superior to all others :  supreme <a matter of paramount importance>

paramountcy play \-ˌmau̇n(t)-sē\ noun
paramountly play \-ˌmau̇nt-lē\ adverb

Examples of paramount in a sentence

  1. <the paramount goal is to restore the colonial-era house with complete historical accuracy>

  2. <maintaining the secrecy of the agreement is of paramount importance>



Origin of paramount

Anglo-French paramont, from par by (from Latin per) + amunt above, from a to (from Latin ad) + munt mountain — more at for, at, mount


First Known Use: 1531

Synonym Discussion of paramount

dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling <a dominant social class>. predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence <a predominant emotion>. paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction <unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign>. preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect <preponderant evidence in her favor>.

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paramount

noun par·a·mount

Definition of paramount

  1. :  a supreme ruler



1616

First Known Use of paramount

1616


Paramount

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geographical name Par·a·mount \ˈpa-rə-ˌmau̇nt\

Definition of Paramount

  1. city SW California N of Long Beach pop 54,098




PARAMOUNT Defined for Kids

paramount

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adjective par·a·mount \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt\

Definition of paramount for Students

  1. :  highest in importance or greatness <The children's safety is paramount.>





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