par·a·mount | \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt, 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 | \ˈpa-rə-ˌmau̇nt \

Definition of Paramount (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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paramountcy \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇n(t)-sē, ˈpa-rə- \ noun
paramountly \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt-lē, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "'Hooyah': Rescuers at Thai cave prepare for final push to save players after successful extractions," 10 July 2018 Installing conservative justices has long been paramount to the GOP, a sentiment that only accelerated after the power of the court was on full display with the 2000 decision that ruled in favor of George W. Bush’s right to the presidency. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 Just after midnight on June 17, 2017, the destroyer was proceeding across a nautical traffic lane off the coast of Japan, a busy shipping channel in which situational awareness was of paramount importance. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Put simply, if a drug is found not to work or even to be harmful in right-to-try cases — findings the FDA normally considers of paramount importance in judging a drug’s fitness for approval — the FDA can’t use those findings in the approval process. Michael Hiltzik,, "GOP senator reveals the truth: Right-to-try bill was a scam tailored to harm public health," 4 June 2018 That long leash on an issue of paramount importance to the President is emblematic of the broad portfolio and power Hagin has quietly amassed inside the West Wing. Jeremy Diamond And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump's man with the Singapore plan: Joe Hagin," 3 June 2018 Uber, for one, contends that its drivers already enjoyed that perk, and that furthermore this was of paramount importance to them. Julianne Tveten, The New Republic, "Silicon Valley’s “Flexibility” Fetish," 31 May 2018 Not surprisingly, then, hospitality — the obligation to make the guest or stranger feel welcome — is of paramount importance in many of the world’s great religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. James P. Dewan,, "5 beer snacks you can make at home to impress your drinking buddies," 17 May 2018 Safety is of paramount importance, and the sheriff's office is crucial to the preservation of safety for county residents and visitors. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the editor: VFW post more than just a building, Bibbiano has qualifications for DuPage sheriff," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Getting it right is paramount, but time is a factor, too. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 These cheaper cuts, especially cuts from the shoulder, like chuck and brisket, will also have a higher fat content, which is paramount in making a good burger. Cara Nicoletti, GQ, "Why You Shouldn't Bother with Fancy Burger Mixes," 3 July 2018 The safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. Fleming Smith, ajc, "2 arrests made in violent carjacking at DeKalb elementary school," 15 June 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


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 \

Kids Definition of paramount

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

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a state of commotion or excitement

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