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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Struggling for a foothold Costa Coffee and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, among other franchises, tried to find a foothold in the market, but never grew large enough to threaten CCD’s’s pre-eminence. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "Why Café Coffee Day’s immense popularity didn’t translate into big profits," 1 Aug. 2019 Certainly the first year of Mr Salvini’s pre-eminence has seen nothing that suggests that the all-populist government has any interesting plans for doing anything about Italy’s chronically low growth. The Economist, "Will Matteo Salvini wreck the euro?," 11 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Germany’s critics hold its pre-eminence responsible for all manner of evils. The Economist, "Wurst among equals," 11 July 2019 But De Shields, a theater eminence both on and off-Broadway, incarnated in his slick style and bluesy sound the spirit of Mitchell’s bewitching score. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019 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

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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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