par·​a·​mount | \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt How to pronounce paramount (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Essential Meaning of paramount

: very important : of highest rank or importance Safety is of paramount importance. = Safety is paramount. Unemployment was the paramount [=chief, main] issue in the election.

Full 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

Other Words from paramount


paramountcy \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌmau̇n(t)-​sē How to pronounce Paramount (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paramountly \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌmau̇nt-​lē How to pronounce Paramount (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 As Chan and Ridley acknowledge, determining the origin of the virus technically known as SARS-CoV-2 (or SARS2, for short) is of paramount importance to humanity. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 His father, Jose Lopez, said public education, affordable housing, and jobs for residents of color are of paramount importance., 24 Oct. 2021 Naturally, a robust theatrical window — industry parlance for the amount of time a film plays only in cinemas — will be of paramount importance. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 Before the pandemic, few people would have suggested that generous vacation policies would be of paramount importance for remote employees. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 8 Sep. 2021 Although the capital available to fusion companies has recently increased, further investment will be of paramount importance in the immediate future. Moritz Von Der Linden, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Indoor masking remains imperative, and vaccinating all adults around the child is also of paramount importance. Katia Hetter, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 In addition to increasing its programs for schools and students, the Smithsonian is determined to be a leader on race, a subject of paramount importance now, Bunch said. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 The issue is of paramount importance to Democrats: Republicans have passed roughly 30 laws in states across the country this year that are likely to make voting harder, especially in Black and Latino communities, which lean Democratic. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Republicans have continued making loyalty to Trump paramount since his defeat in November, even as Trump continues to assert that the election was stolen, although no evidence of fraud has been presented. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 July 2021 Republicans have continued making loyalty to Trump paramount since his defeat in November, even as Trump continues to falsely and baselessly assert that the election was stolen. Paul Weber, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021 With the need to eat outside paramount, Sir Ben's owner Josh Stotts installed propane fire pit tables to keep hardy winter diners and beer drinkers warm. Jana Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 The kitchen, one of the most popular spaces in the home, and most trafficked can often be a jumping-off point for establishing an ambiance or leading aesthetic, making color choice paramount. Sheri Koones, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2021 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, 22 Aug. 2020 Judaism puts health paramount to anything' Chabad of Arizona resumed all services in early June. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2020 Still, as tools the machines have proven important for keeping patients alive, and their availability is considered paramount. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 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, 22 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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“Paramount.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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