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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Brain matters at least as much as brawn, just as America’s success is not just about our continental reach, our large population, or our economic preeminence. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Why Football Is Great," 22 Aug. 2019 That assures Gateway’s preeminence in future planning. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Onward To Mars: What Our Journey To the Red Planet Might Look Like," 24 July 2019 So, too, would the economic preeminence of this famous port at the heart of global trade, eclipsed by booming cities on the Chinese mainland. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "China can’t smash Hong Kong’s spirit," 12 June 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of preeminence

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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