em·​i·​nence | \ ˈe-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce eminence (audio) \

Definition of eminence

1 : a position of prominence or superiority
2 : one that is eminent, prominent, or lofty: such as
a : a person of high rank or attainments often used as a title for a cardinal
b : a natural elevation
c : an anatomical protuberance (as on a bone)

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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 on the Web However, in building that eminence, brands need to prime their executives and influencer partners on savvy media relations strategies. Bret Werner, Forbes, "Tips For Strategic Brand Activations On Clubhouse," 19 Mar. 2021 The same could be said of the other areas that Beijing has identified as essential to achieving technological pre-eminence within the next generation. William A. Galston, WSJ, "America Wakes Up to the China Threat," 9 Mar. 2021 In public, as an eminence gris, Jordan used charm to batter down doors. Washington Post, "Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless," 2 Mar. 2021 Such missions also maintain America’s pre-eminence in the heavens, a soft power that inspires and attracts talent to these shores. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Life on Mars? Let’s Go Find It," 18 Feb. 2021 Murray has matured into the kind of showbiz eminence that won George Burns an Oscar. Armond White, National Review, "Sofia Coppola’s Cinema-of-Privilege," 23 Oct. 2020 The one constant has been a desire to return to regional leadership and indeed global pre-eminence. Howard W. French, WSJ, "‘China’s Good War’ Review: Present at the Creation," 13 Oct. 2020 The military established its pre-eminence in politics shortly after that, and has been at the forefront or just behind it ever since. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Hopes Fade for New Political Course in Algeria a Year After Popular Uprising," 4 Oct. 2020 Back in 1968, Hibbert was already singing from a place deep within himself, and in the decade that followed, the heft of his voice would help elevate a style of music named after the neighborhood outsiders to international eminence. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Toots Hibbert helped give reggae its name, its sound and its enduring grace," 12 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of eminence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Eminence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eminence. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eminence

: a condition of being well-known and successful
formal : a person of high rank or achievements
formal : an area of high ground


em·​i·​nence | \ ˈe-mə-nəns How to pronounce eminence (audio) \

Kids Definition of eminence

1 : the condition of being well-known and respected The brilliant scientist had earned eminence in her field.
2 : a piece of high ground : hill


em·​i·​nence | \ ˈem-ə-nən(t)s How to pronounce eminence (audio) \

Medical Definition of eminence

: a protuberance or projection on a bodily part and especially a bone

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