pre·​em·​i·​nence | \prē-ˈe-mə-nən(t)s \

Definition of preeminence 

: the quality or state of being preeminent : superiority

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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

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The preeminence of Google Assistant at IFA this year will be in large part because most manufacturers that wanted to build Alexa into their devices have already done so and made those announcements. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google is about to take over Europe’s biggest tech show," 29 Aug. 2018 At the forefront for Whittaker: Attaining preeminence, a designation reserved for the state’s highest-performing universities, with additional funding attached. Annie Martin,, "New UCF President Dale Whittaker vows to 'bring my own energy,' on first day," 2 July 2018 But history suggests that secular trends alone are insufficient for predicting preeminence. Ali Wyne, The New Republic, "Is America Choosing Decline?," 21 June 2018 Reporting annual research expenditures of $200 million or more is one of the standards that can help make a university eligible for preeminence. Annie Martin,, "New UCF President Dale Whittaker vows to 'bring my own energy,' on first day," 2 July 2018 Commentators are once more worrying over America’s waning preeminence. Ali Wyne, The New Republic, "Is America Choosing Decline?," 21 June 2018 Their preeminence has been recognized over and over by fans, coaches, players and the people in shiny suits who hand out the awards. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Still Soccer’s Supreme Leaders," 12 June 2018 In the end, Athens, the rising power, was defeated, never again to regain its global preeminence. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Are the U.S. and China "Destined for War"?," 2 June 2018 For now, their economic preeminence means Premier League clubs may resist, but that could change very quickly post-Brexit. Jonathan Wilson,, "With League Achievements and Titles Devalued, What is the Future of European Football?," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preeminence

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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