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preeminent

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adjective pre·em·i·nent \-nənt\

Simple Definition of preeminent

  • : more important, skillful, or successful than others : better than others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of preeminent

  1. :  having paramount rank, dignity, or importance :  outstanding, supreme

preeminently

adverb

Examples of preeminent in a sentence

  1. She's the preeminent chef in a city that has many good ones.

  2. The poem is a preeminent example of his work.



Did You Know?

What is noteworthy about the following sentence? "Mount McKinley is a prominent eminence in the Alaskan landscape." You very likely recognized two words that are closely related to "preeminent" - "prominent" and "eminence." All three words are rooted in the Latin verb stem -minēre, meaning "to stand out." But did you note as well the related word mount? Not too surprisingly, "-minēre" is related to "mons," the Latin word for "mountain." That relationship leads us in turn to "paramount," a word closely related in meaning to "preeminent."

Origin and Etymology 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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