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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

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
With Horn dealing with annual injuries, the depth of the cornerback group is paramount. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 10 June 2024 While there’s still hope efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and address other climate-warming factors will start turning things around, the need to adapt is paramount. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Pugh believes more support for students with behavioral problems is paramount for reducing needless stress for teachers and actually improving the problematic behaviors—and her district could be somewhat of a model for improvements other districts could make. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 30 May 2024 If general computing power and gaming are paramount, the Google Pixel 8a is the better choice. PCMAG, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for paramount 

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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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