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par·​a·​mount ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce paramount (audio)
: superior to all others : supreme
a matter of paramount importance
Unemployment was the paramount issue in the election.
paramountcy noun
paramountly adverb


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: a supreme ruler
Choose the Right Synonym for paramount

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

Example Sentences

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
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Word History


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

First Known Use


1530, in the meaning defined above


1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paramount was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Paramount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: superior to all others : supreme
of paramount importance

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Par·​a·​mount ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce Paramount (audio)
city in southwestern California north of Long Beach population 54,098

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