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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

Full Definition of preeminent

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

pre·em·i·nent·ly adverb

Examples of preeminent

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

  2. 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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