par·​a·​mount | \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce paramount (audio) , ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paramount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: superior to all others : supreme a matter of paramount importance Unemployment was the paramount issue in the election.



Definition of paramount (Entry 2 of 3)

: a supreme ruler


geographical name
Par·​a·​mount | \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce Paramount (audio) , ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of Paramount (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southwestern California north of Long Beach population 54,098

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Other Words from paramount


paramountcy \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌmau̇n(t)-​sē How to pronounce paramountcy (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paramountly \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌmau̇nt-​lē How to pronounce paramountly (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

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dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling. a dominant social class predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence. a predominant emotion paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction. unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect. preponderant evidence in her favor

Examples of paramount in a Sentence


the paramount goal is to restore the colonial-era house with complete historical accuracy maintaining the secrecy of the agreement is of paramount importance

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Mommy also taught me to embrace my natural curls and that keeping my hair healthy was paramount. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 While Democrats debate over health-care, tax and environmental policy, they are broadly united around the idea that defeating President Trump is paramount. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Cory Booker Stumps in Iowa Seeking Position as Obama’s Heir," 9 Feb. 2019 Communication is paramount for this air sign, as it’s fueled by expression. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 This problem is paramount for at least two demographics. Rachel King, Fortune, "This Is the Number One Reason Why People Don't Unplug From Work While on Vacation," 11 July 2018 Executive vice president John Paxson has said that the team will pounce on the right opportunity but that playing time for the core of seven young players is paramount for the rebuild. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 Protecting donor funds Dealing with reputable investment professionals is paramount for college endowments. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Contrary to any misinformation campaign, the safety of children is paramount for DHS. Gregg Re, Serafin Gómez, Fox News, "'Reckless' Sen. Merkley 'spreading blatant lies' in failed attempt to enter immigrant detention center, WH says," 4 June 2018 But limiting JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston and eliminating the easy dunks and layups that occurred with frequency in Game 2 is paramount for the Cavs. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "LeBron James, Cavaliers frustrated but not deflated after Game 2 Finals loss," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But cost and weight are a huge concern for airlines, and industry where fuel efficiency is paramount. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 An argument gaining ground in Tokyo holds that the inflation goal, once seen as paramount, doesn’t matter so much after all. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan Finally Concedes Its Crazy Low Prices Can’t Be Beat," 21 Dec. 2018 Client success paramount Proctorio plays an important role in helping to validate the accomplishments of distance learners, Olsen said, adding that the staff is made up of current and former teachers and students. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Proctorio-Top Company Small Business Category Winner," 7 June 2018 Cabrera’s health is paramount to the Tigers’ success this season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera celebrates birthday with double, homer," 18 Apr. 2018 Sunday Atmosphere is paramount in a country so adept at making things cozy that the Danish term — hygge — became a worldwide trend. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018 Having a great captain and crew are paramount in accomplishing the slam. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Billfish Slam: Woman lands 10 stunning fish species in 11 months," 27 Mar. 2018 Home ownership is considered paramount for working and middle-class families to accrue wealth. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Home placement program that helps vulnerable Detroiters about to lose its funding," 9 Apr. 2018 The competitiveness in one-on-one drills and the emphasis on preventing concussions should make this paramount. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Analysis: Five things the Arizona Interscholastic Association needs to get done," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of paramount


1530, in the meaning defined above


1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paramount

Adjective and Noun

Anglo-French paramont, from par by (from Latin per) + amunt above, from a to (from Latin ad) + munt mountain — more at for, at, mount

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English Language Learners Definition of paramount

: very important : of highest rank or importance


par·​a·​mount | \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce paramount (audio) \

Kids Definition of paramount

: highest in importance or greatness The children's safety is paramount.

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