preeminence

noun
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

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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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For Microsoft, the Surface Headphones represent a chance to reclaim some of its lost preeminence in consumer tech. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The headphone wars have begun," 3 Oct. 2018 The American economy is the largest in the world, and that preeminence allows the United States to exert control over many levers of power. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How Trump’s ZTE deal could undercut his foreign policy," 16 May 2018 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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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

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First Known Use of preeminence

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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