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


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 the necessity of using farm data to help mitigate inherent industry risks has never been more paramount. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Land O’Lakes CEO: Big Data Is Helping Farmers Deal With Climate Swings," 16 July 2019 And, if a crisis does strike, sound judgment becomes paramount. The Economist, "Why Erkki Liikanen should be the ECB’s next boss," 15 June 2019 Advocates claim the smooth brown stone is a natural antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with diarrhea or ulcers and, of paramount interest, curb your appetite and aid with weight loss. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Should you eat the avocado pit?," 25 June 2018 Compliance and academic success are the paramount goals for our athletics program under our leadership. Dom Amore,, "NCAA hits Kevin Ollie hard in findings, puts UConn men’s basketball program on probation for two years," 2 July 2019 Of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vax teen that fought ban amid chickenpox outbreak loses in court—again," 1 July 2019 Khamenei is the paramount decision maker in Iran, and his assent is necessary for any major agreement or military action. David D. Kirkpatrick,, "Iran’s supreme leader vows never to give in to US sanctions," 26 June 2019 His installation of his son-in-law as paramount economic overseer last year damaged what meager confidence remained in the independence of Turkey’s central bank. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due," 24 June 2019 Climate change has been described as the paramount issue of Cluck’s generation. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposed solar surcharge draws protest outside We Energies," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nutrition and flavor are paramount in this homemade creation. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake Community Services offers seniors healthy programs and housing options in July," 2 July 2019 Pitching depth is paramount in the College World Series. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "As Louisville baseball heads to the College World Series, their pitching depth shines," 8 June 2019 But cost and weight are a huge concern for airlines, and industry where fuel efficiency is paramount. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 An argument gaining ground in Tokyo holds that the inflation goal, once seen as paramount, doesn’t matter so much after all. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan Finally Concedes Its Crazy Low Prices Can’t Be Beat," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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