adjective pre·em·i·nent \-nənt\

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

Full Definition of PREEMINENT

:  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.


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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