eminent

adjective
em·i·nent | \ˈe-mə-nənt \

Definition of eminent 

1 : exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : prominent

2 : standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : conspicuous

3 : jutting out : projecting

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famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known. a famous actress renowned implies more glory and acclamation. one of the most renowned figures in sports history celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print. the most celebrated beauty of her day noted suggests well-deserved public attention. the noted mystery writer notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil. a notorious gangster distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority. a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character. the country's most eminent writers illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person. illustrious war heroes

Examples of eminent in a Sentence

The trend discerned by Wilde a century ago, of course, has only accelerated in recent years, as the line between trashy celebrity exposés and serious biographies of eminent artists, statesmen and thinkers has grown increasingly blurred. — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 20 May 1994 Next year sees the 150th anniversary of the 'invention' of the dinosaurs by the eminent English anatomist and palaeontologist, Richard Owen. — Nicholas Fraser, Nature, 20 & 27 Dec. 1990 many eminent surgeons are on the hospital's staff
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His hearings were a rare challenge to the authority of the Los Angeles police, then the pre-eminent power in city politics. Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Campaign, a Murder, a Legacy: Robert F. Kennedy’s California Story," 5 June 2018 The eminent evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala resigned from the University of California, Irvine, effective 1 July. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: cycling and climate change, hidden pharma payments, and cursing surgeons," 6 July 2018 The influential French historian Eric Baratay recently published a collection of biographies of eminent animals, including Bummer and Lazarus, stray dogs who made their living killing rats in 19th century San Francisco. Amy Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, "Why is history always about humans?," 13 July 2018 Most recently, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in nearby Fort Worth fired Paige Patterson, a pre-eminent figure in the denomination's conservative resurgence in recent decades, who had been its president since 2003. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "#MeToo goes to church: Southern Baptists face a reckoning over treatment of women," 8 June 2018 According to projections by Robert Griffin, Ruy Teixeira and Bill Frey, a trio of eminent demographers, a majority of eligible voters in Texas will be non-white by next year. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Additional experiments carried out by the same research team found that last-name-only references were viewed as being more famous and eminent. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Male scientists are far more likely to be referred to by their last names, impacting status and awards," 25 June 2018 If Merkel is willing to let Germany’s pre-eminent position in Europe do the talking for her, Trump wants to push America’s No. 1 position on the global stage —and will take care of all the talking too. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 If Merkel is willing to let Germany's pre-eminent position in Europe do the talking for her, Trump wants to push America's No. 1 position on the global stage —and will take care of all the talking too. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of eminent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for eminent

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin eminent-, eminens, present participle of eminēre to stand out, from e- + -minēre; akin to Latin mont-, mons mountain — more at mount

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eminent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eminent

: successful, well-known and respected

eminent

adjective
em·i·nent | \ˈe-mə-nənt \

Kids Definition of eminent

: successful, well-known, and respected an eminent physician

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