em·​i·​nent | \ ˈe-mə-nənt How to pronounce eminent (audio) \

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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There is one certainty in Brexit: London’s pre-eminent role in global finance has been diminished. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "London’s Finance Industry Has Decided: Brexit Is Already a Reality," 11 Mar. 2019 Gordon Wood, who’s probably the most eminent historian of the American Revolution, contested that conclusion in his review of my book. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Fresh Look at Benedict Arnold’s Treason," 24 June 2018 London’s Least Humble Pies An eater’s guide to the most inventive savory-pie-makers in London Holborn Dining Room has been a savory pie destination since opening under chef Calum Franklin, the city’s pre-eminent sculptural pie-maker, in 2014. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Her cohort perpetrated some of the era’s defining conceptual art projects, from stockpiling blood samples of eminent poets to filming themselves being shot in the arm. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘After Kathy Acker,’ by Chris Kraus," 16 Feb. 2018 Other prominent winners included Roxane Gay (who won the Trustee Award and also the award for bisexual nonfiction for her memoir, Hunger) and eminent writer Edmund White, who won the Lambda visionary award. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Two Philly writers win big at the Lambda Literary Awards," 5 June 2018 Once one of the world’s pre-eminent oil companies, PdVSA has been left in ruins during two decades of Socialist Party rule. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Harshest Venezuela Sanctions Yet, on Oil," 14 Jan. 2019 Another option is Leonard Slatkin’s recording for Naxos with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Vincent Warnier at the Lyon Auditorium’s Cavaillé Coll organ, the kind that Saint-Saëns played at the eminent church Le Madeleine in Paris. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of eminent

: successful, well-known and respected


em·​i·​nent | \ ˈe-mə-nənt How to pronounce eminent (audio) \

Kids Definition of eminent

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

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