pre·​em·​i·​nence | \ prē-ˈe-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce preeminence (audio) \

Definition of preeminence

: the quality or state of being preeminent : superiority

Examples of preeminence in a Sentence

the restaurant is known for the preeminence of its seafood dishes some historians contended that no nation had attained such undisputed preeminence since the glory days of the Roman Empire
Recent Examples on the Web The writers maintained that misunderstandings on both sides threatened the scientific preeminence of the United States. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Our sanctions regime uses the dollar’s global preeminence as a weapon against Russia. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Prior to the preeminence of SARS-CoV-2, the enzymatic function of NSP12 was already well-documented. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The drift away from California could hamper Harris’ prospects of running for president — given the state’s preeminence in Democratic fundraising and activism. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 In her public presentation, Holmes had been adept at exploiting the culture’s eager willingness to believe in the preeminence of masculinity. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 This would be a foreign policy in which the U.S. used its unmatched military might and geopolitical preeminence to challenge tyrants and spread liberal democracy around the globe. Damon Linker, The Week, 16 July 2021 This was not a disqualifying loss for the Ravens any more than their 34-6 blowout of the Los Angeles Chargers, just seven days earlier, was a certification of their AFC preeminence. Childs Walker,, 25 Oct. 2021 The rise of EVs is one of the biggest potential threats to Hero’s decades-long market preeminence. Megha Bahree, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of preeminence

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Preeminence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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