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

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For example, in the human cortex, about 20 percent of the neurons — the ones called interneurons, which have inhibitory effects — migrate there from a center deeper down in the brain called the medial ganglionic eminence (MGE). Quanta Magazine, "Mini-Brains Go Modular," 9 Aug. 2017 Since that time, Scholze, now 28, has risen to eminence in the broader mathematics community. Quanta Magazine, "The Oracle of Arithmetic," 28 June 2016 All this late-life eminence — which also includes the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award in 2012 and being named a commander in the Légion d’Honneur of France in 2013 — seems both to gratify and to amuse him. Charles Mcgrath, New York Times, "No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say," 16 Jan. 2018 Global financial centers such as London, New York and Hong Kong, maintain their pre-eminence based on overwhelming concentrations of capital and skilled finance workers. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Brexit Killing London as Financial Hub? Not Just Yet," 29 June 2018 Is any milestone anniversary complete without a deluge of recordings—some old, some new—saluting the eminence? David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Debussy: His First Performers’ Review: Rare Restoration," 19 June 2018 These scenes, addressed to the camera against a blue background, have something of the flavor of a jewelry-store commercial, the eminence of the actors notwithstanding. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Love Is_': OWN's new series about a black show biz couple and how they fell in love," 19 June 2018 What is more, the degree of Chinese competition to American pre-eminence can be overestimated, according to Joseph Nye, an expert on American power at Harvard’s Kennedy School. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 Still, those inside the game have no doubts about his eminence. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "The subtle secret to Sidney Crosby's greatness," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eminence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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Medical Definition of eminence

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

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