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

Officials told families that student safety was paramount. Washington Post, "D.C. parents want school system to do more to prevent sexual misconduct," 13 Sep. 2019 Planning is paramount Each hospital is required to have an emergency plan, usually approved by the hospital’s accrediting body. Daniel B. Hess, Quartz, "How Florida hospitals are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian," 30 Aug. 2019 Whether the former Kremlin official was as valuable as the Americans describe him or as derelict as the Russians now claim is a question of paramount importance. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "What Spy? Kremlin Mocks Aide Recruited by C.I.A. as a Boozy Nobody," 11 Sep. 2019 Accuracy was of paramount importance for such a charged and contemporary setting, says Janocko. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "‘Orange Is the New Black’ production designer on recreating ICE facilities for final season," 13 Aug. 2019 These topics have been of paramount importance to democratic representation since, at least, the founding of the U.S. Jeffrey W Ladewig, The Conversation, "Trump’s fight to count US citizens and non-citizens: 5 questions answered," 8 Aug. 2019 Getting information out to the public during an emergency situation is of paramount importance, said Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy launches emergency notification system," 8 Aug. 2019 The security and safety of our employees is of paramount importance to Gannett. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "USA Today Headquarters Evacuated After Reports of Man With a Weapon," 7 Aug. 2019 So, it’s of paramount importance that excess fat is trimmed from a script. Paige Hymson, Los Angeles Times, "Play Next: Lessons from a first podcast, where the rubber meets the road," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the Batek’s egalitarian society, where no one person has systematic authority over another, individual autonomy is paramount. Alice Rudge, Quartz, "Why we laugh when we know we shouldn’t," 28 Aug. 2019 For nearly 50 years, since the end of the era of paternalistic capitalism embodied by Henry Ford, the first commandment of business has been that the needs of shareholders are paramount. Larry Edelman,, "Can corporations do well and do good?," 22 Aug. 2019 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

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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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