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

But their paramount objective is to sack Gov. Scott Walker, who sharply curbed public-union power in the state. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Scott Walker’s Toughest Campaign," 26 Oct. 2018 Vietnam does not have a single paramount leader, with the country run through the collective leadership of the general secretary, president, prime minister and National Assembly chair. Yves Dam Van, The Seattle Times, "Vietnam parliament elects Communist Party chief as president," 23 Oct. 2018 This time around, Crescenta Valley is trying to get some less experienced players on board and prevailing in passing tournaments isn’t as paramount as gaining experience, learning the playbook and solidifying starting roles. Grant Gordon,, "Crescenta Valley football looking to gain experience, leadership in summer," 28 June 2018 Prayuth strengthened ties with the royal household and earned himself the nickname Little Sarit, after Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, who seized power through a putsch in 1957 and helped raise the monarchy to its paramount role in Thai society. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 Uncovering objective truths seems paramount for those studying the past, even if humans are subjective creatures. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 While respect across the paddock is admirable and paramount for safe competition, among the most fascinating tales of 2017 was the result of Josef Newgarden’s cutthroat pass of Simon Pagenaud at Gateway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part II: What's gone wrong," 15 June 2018 If Minnesota keeps the pick, finding an experienced prospect that can contribute immediately seems paramount. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Needs for All 30 Teams," 15 June 2018 Now, due to its paramount nature in the market, Eros makes millions of dollars a year; in 2010, Washington, D.C.–based dominatrix Jenny DeMilo estimated that the website brings in somewhere between 8 and 10 million a year. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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