Simple Definition of preeminent
: more important, skillful, or successful than others : better than others
Examples of preeminent
She's the preeminent chef in a city that has many good ones.
The poem is a preeminent example of his work.
Origin of preeminent
Middle English, from Late Latin praeeminent-, praeeminens, from Latin, present participle of praeeminēre to be outstanding, from prae- + eminēre to stand out — more at eminent
First Known Use: 15th century
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