Definition of eminence
1 : a position of prominence or superiority
2 : one that is eminent, prominent, or lofty: such asa : an anatomical protuberance (as on a bone)b : a person of high rank or attainments —often used as a title for a cardinalc : a natural elevation
Examples of eminence in a Sentence
the eminence of the Nobel Prize in the field of awards and prizes
the old citadel sits on an eminence with a commanding view of the city
Recent Examples of eminence from the Web
Even when performed by top-flight eminences of a certain age—
The Bush administration was a boom time for grifters — Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, and Duke Cunningham were among the party eminences who used Republican control of government to fatten their wallets.
Her global pre-eminence is a source of satisfaction even for those outside her party.
Barry Diller, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures and latter-day Internet eminence, in conversation with V.F. editor Graydon Carter, presaged the demise of the film business.
Ownership was spread across another wall in folding chairs, not far from the front office staff of Bryan Colangelo and assorted friends and associates of the organization, even including Gene Shue, an eminence grise from another era.
A resurgent al Qaeda is attempting to take advantage of a weakening Islamic State to challenge its rival for pre-eminence in the global jihadist movement, the European Union’s police agency warned Thursday.
Credit much of that to Brian Fee, who helped write the new sequel’s story and took on its directing duties from the previous two’s Pixar eminence, John Lasseter.
The mayor has reason to fear such an eminence’s presence.
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First Known Use of eminence
EMINENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eminence for English Language Learners
: a condition of being well-known and successful
: a person of high rank or achievements
: an area of high ground
EMINENCE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of eminence
: a protuberance or projection on a bodily part and especially a bone
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