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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for eminent

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

There were some novelists like Aldous Huxley who knew about science and ectogenesis and his own brother Julian Huxley was an eminent biologist. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A historian explains how people of the past imagined the future," 20 July 2018 Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer's eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Fox News, "The Latest: French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris," 16 July 2018 Griswold is an eminent investigative reporter, author (The Tenth Parallel), and poet. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Eliza Griswold's 'Amity and Prosperity': Fracking, profit, and human costs in western Pa.," 28 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter With over two dozen books to his name, Mr Lewis was hailed as the West’s pre-eminent historian of Islam. The Economist, "Bernard Lewis was the doyen of Orientalists," 22 May 2018 The demand for Kahlo may additionally be fueled by the fact that the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, two of New York City’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, have yet to host an exhibit devoted solely to the artist. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Brooklyn Museum to Show Work of Art World Icon Frida Kahlo," 15 Nov. 2018 Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Australia's oldest pre-eminent public art museum is arguably the hub of culture in Melbourne. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Things to Do in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 If Discovery still has ambitions to be considered one of the pre-eminent examples of Star Trek television, season 2 has got some work to do. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2," 5 Sep. 2018 His actions, defending the crest of the hill with a small, beleaguered unit, would result in his immortalization in a best-selling book by eminent military historian S.L.A. Marshall and a Hollywood film in which he was portrayed by Gregory Peck. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Joseph Clemons Jr., hero of Pork Chop Hill, dies at 90," 22 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eminent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eminent

Statistics for eminent

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for eminent

The first known use of eminent was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eminent

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on eminent

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with eminent

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for eminent

Spanish Central: Translation of eminent

Nglish: Translation of eminent for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of eminent for Arabic Speakers

Comments on eminent

What made you want to look up eminent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!