paramount


1par·a·mount

adjective \ˈper-ə-ˌmant, ˈpa-rə-\

: very important : of highest rank or importance

Full Definition of PARAMOUNT

:  superior to all others :  supreme <a matter of paramount importance>
par·a·mount·cy \-ˌman(t)-sē\ noun
par·a·mount·ly \-ˌmant-lē\ adverb

Examples of PARAMOUNT

  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

2paramount

noun

Definition of PARAMOUNT

:  a supreme ruler

First Known Use of PARAMOUNT

1616

Par·a·mount

geographical name \ˈpa-rə-ˌmant\

Definition of PARAMOUNT

city SW California N of Long Beach pop 55,266

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