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paramount

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adjective par·a·mount \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paramount

  1. :  superior to all others :  supreme a matter of paramount importance Unemployment was the paramount issue in the election.

paramountcy

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paramountly

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Examples of paramount in a Sentence

  1. the paramount goal is to restore the colonial-era house with complete historical accuracy

  2. maintaining the secrecy of the agreement is of paramount importance

Origin and Etymology of paramount

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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paramount

noun par·a·mount

Definition of paramount

  1. :  a supreme ruler

Origin and Etymology of paramount

see 1paramount


First Known Use: 1616


Paramount

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geographical name Par·a·mount \ˈpa-rə-ˌmau̇nt\

Definition of Paramount

  1. city in southwestern California north of Long Beach population 54,098


PARAMOUNT Defined for English Language Learners

paramount

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adjective

Definition of paramount for English Language Learners

  • : very important : of highest rank or importance


PARAMOUNT Defined for Kids

paramount

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adjective par·a·mount \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt\

Definition of paramount for Students

  1. :  highest in importance or greatness The children's safety is paramount.



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