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
Recent Examples on the Web With Asians subject to routine and undocumented abuse, skilled talent might choose to stay in Asia, helping China's rise to global preeminence, which is on track to surpass US GDP by 2035 or 2040. Mei Xu For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The fight against Asian discrimination must extend to C-suites and boardrooms, too," 20 Apr. 2021 Oberstein named the difficulties of direct action during the pandemic, and China’s world preeminence — compared to Sudan’s relative powerlessness — and how that can inhibit Jewish action. Ron Kampeas,, "The next major Jewish action is on behalf of China’s Uighurs," 6 Apr. 2021 Every four years, there is a fight from one side of the country to the next as partisans scuffle in a bid for power and political preeminence. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada... Why all the fuss about who votes first for president?," 23 Mar. 2021 Many of its monuments were destroyed, and the city shrank in size and preeminence. History Magazine, "This Roman emperor spared no expense on his passion for all things Greek," 3 Dec. 2020 The moves take advantage of a vacuum left by now-absent U.S. and European actors, analysts say, in order to realize Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ambitions of regional preeminence – and to enhance his popularity at home. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Turkey’s use of military power furthers Erdoğan’s ambitions," 16 Nov. 2020 Chance has achieved preeminence as an artist, advocate, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players — In A Year of Activism," 12 Nov. 2020 That now famous move 37 of game two was the death knell of human preeminence in strategy games. Will Roper, Wired, "There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military," 24 Oct. 2020 America’s historical preeminence in tech and R&D was built in part on welcoming non-American innovators. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Tech Issues You Won’t Hear About at Tonight’s Debate," 22 Oct. 2020

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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 8 May. 2021.

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