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

Adjective 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 Which is why understanding how less explosive the Browns offense was without Chubb is paramount. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What the Browns' offense was missing without Nick Chubb -- Film Review," 12 Nov. 2020 According to Church doctrine, perfection is paramount; according to municipal traffic laws, parking is free for under 15 minutes to facilitate Botox appointments. Alice Gregory, Allure, "The Look of Mormon," 11 Nov. 2020 And when a vaccine arrives, trust in public officials and the quality of the research will be paramount. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Trump Is Still the President, and the Pandemic Is Getting Worse," 7 Nov. 2020 Though putting Michigan back in the Democratic column after Trump's 2016 victory in the state was paramount, Whitmer had campaigned hard to flip the state House, only to see Republicans maintain their 58-52 majority. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer congratulates Biden on winning Michigan, calls for unity against coronavirus," 5 Nov. 2020 Support for Israel, particularly conservative leaders like Netanyahu, is paramount. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "“We Don’t Protest”: Borough Park’s Mask-Burning Demonstrators," 1 Nov. 2020 Stemming the cash outflow has become a paramount concern for Boeing, and the company is also wringing savings from investments in futuristic technology as well as its businesses and organizational structure. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing Prepares Deeper Cuts From Executive Ranks to Real Estate," 26 Sep. 2020 Space — indoors and outdoors — would become a paramount concern, with or without the coronavirus. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "People desperate for more space fuel a pandemic real estate boom," 1 Sep. 2020 And for good reason: The safety of our children should be our paramount concern, and teachers are being forced to figure out how to teach their classes and keep their students safe at the same time. Evelynn Coffie And Sarah Ravits,, "Unsung Heroes: Behind the scenes, school staff brace for the COVID-19 semester," 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in the two-month sprint that is the 2020 major-league season, time is of the essence and production paramount. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers pull the plug on struggling Brock Holt, replace him with utility man Jace Peterson," 22 Aug. 2020 Judaism puts health paramount to anything' Chabad of Arizona resumed all services in early June. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix area religious communities return to worship as COVID-19 data stabilizes in Arizona," 9 Aug. 2020 Still, as tools the machines have proven important for keeping patients alive, and their availability is considered paramount. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Israeli engineers created an open-source hack for making Covid-19 ventilators," 11 Apr. 2020 Food, water, shelter and adequate medical care are paramount for survival, but so too is the ability for an individual to defend his or herself, their family, as well as their home, business and property. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Gun stores, industry seek to stay open as ‘essential’ during virus crisis," 22 Mar. 2020 This decision is paramount for retirees and balance can make all the difference. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Close to retirement and panicking about the market crash? Here’s how to avoid locking in losses," 16 Mar. 2020 Maiola said in an email, adding that health and safety of Alabamians is paramount. al, "Some Alabama counties evicting tenants in pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 In a world where various mass breaches dictate the use of strong, randomized passwords more than ever, reliable and secure credentials management is paramount in 2020. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "A weed dealer’s $59M lesson: Don’t hide Bitcoin keys with a fishing rod," 21 Feb. 2020 In a country where state control is paramount and monitoring of citizens already an integral part of life, scrupulous quarantine and testing measures have slowed the spread of the virus. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Italy follows China’s lead on coronavirus containment," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of paramount was in 1530

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Paramount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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