paramount

adjective
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.

paramount

noun

Definition of paramount (Entry 2 of 3)

: a supreme ruler

Paramount

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

Adjective

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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Adjective

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 Safety innovation has been paramount since Justin Wilson was killed Aug. 24, 2015, during a race at Pocono Raceway when debris hit his head at high speed. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Aeroscreen still divisive across IndyCar paddock entering COTA open testing," 11 Feb. 2020 In the age of cancel culture, wherein a person or company is boycotted for sharing an unpopular opinion or executing some divisive action, appearing woke can be paramount. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s big-box retailers have no clue how to celebrate Black History Month," 30 Jan. 2020 However Iran’s leaders proceed, experts assume that economic concerns will not be paramount: Iran’s leaders prioritize one goal above all others — their own survival. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Iran’s Grim Economy Limits Its Willingness to Confront the U.S.," 13 Jan. 2020 This is paramount, because consumption accounts for about two-thirds of US GDP. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "What to expect from the December jobs report," 9 Jan. 2020 Also, because the travel plans for the winning semifinal teams are made on somewhat short notice, availability of affordable flights and hotel rooms is paramount. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Not a question of if, but when Las Vegas hosts College Football Playoff or Final Four," 9 Jan. 2020 Also, because the travel plans for the winning semifinal teams are made on somewhat short notice, availability of affordable flights and hotel rooms is paramount. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Not a question of if, but when Las Vegas hosts College Football Playoff or Final Four," 9 Jan. 2020 But just as an example, ensuring the integrity of our elections is paramount. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That," 13 Jan. 2020 Cunningham's relationship with Fickell is paramount for many Bearcats' supporters. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Luke Fickell: University of Cincinnati AD John Cunningham off to 'a great start'," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With self-preservation paramount, the Ravens have given Jackson some scrambling guidelines. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Entering bye week, Ravens’ Lamar Jackson has ‘improved in just about every area that you can quantify’," 23 Oct. 2019 Of course, safety and precision are paramount in construction. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Company Turns Old Excavators and Bulldozers Into Smart Machines," 28 Sep. 2019 But the question of how to deal with such a complex challenge is paramount. Adeline Johns-putra, Quartz, "The seven most crucial climate change novels," 18 Dec. 2019 His ability to get to the rim, as well as knock down the open jumper, is paramount for an injury-ravaged team light on scoring options. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Alec Burks offering Warriors important complementary scorer," 10 Nov. 2019 To residents, many of whom spend summers or weekends in the area but live elsewhere in Maryland and Pennsylvania, lake access is paramount. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Debate over Deep Creek Lake water rights divides boaters, anglers and rafters," 7 Oct. 2019 To residents, many of whom spend summers or weekends there but live elsewhere in Maryland and Pennsylvania, lake access is paramount. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Debate over Deep Creek Lake water rights divides boaters, anglers and rafters," 30 Sep. 2019 Przemyslaw Frankowski has been used out wide, his service and crossing technique paramount in generating offense. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution’s keys to victory over the Fire," 23 Aug. 2019 Both these statements about Mateo Kovacic are unequivocally true: 1) Kovacic was an integral signing for Chelsea, with midfield re-enforcements paramount in an off-season where no others could be brought in. SI.com, "9 Premier League Signings That Are Definitely 100% Without a Doubt Going to Flop This Season," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of paramount

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Paramount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramountcy. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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paramount

adjective
How to pronounce Paramount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of paramount

: very important : of highest rank or importance

paramount

adjective
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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