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)

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 As there wasn’t yet a witness protection program, Roemer begged Outfit boss Tony Accardo to spare the boxing-world eminence. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Macron should use his newfound eminence to persuade the rest of Europe that keeping Ukraine out of NATO is humane and pragmatic policy. Andrew Day, The Week, 4 Apr. 2022 However, while the Arkestra has always drawn a cult following, institutions were slow to recognize their eminence. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 23 Mar. 2022 This is a show on which no less an eminence than Cynthia Nixon is content to play a relatively minor supporting role; many plates are spinning. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 Ladd Observatory tops a considerable eminence about a mile from the house. Carlos R. Muñoz, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Feb. 2022 Naturally, Williams takes a certain amount of kidding about his new eminence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2022 Two years later, Poitier, now a graying, seventy-five-year-old eminence, was invited back to receive an honorary Academy Award. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2022 While critical of many of Poitier’s films, Baldwin exhibited an extraordinary appreciation of the actor’s eminence and talent. Samantha N. Sheppard, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of eminence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eminence

Middle English, "exalted position, protuberance," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin eminentia "state of standing out or projecting, protuberance," noun derivative of ēminent-, ēminens "standing out above a surface, projecting, outstanding in merit or importance" — more at eminent

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“Eminence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eminence. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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