preeminent

adjective
pre·​em·​i·​nent | \ prē-ˈe-mə-nənt \

Definition of preeminent

: having paramount rank, dignity, or importance : outstanding, supreme

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Other Words from preeminent

preeminently adverb

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What is noteworthy about the following sentence? "Mount McKinley is a prominent eminence in the Alaskan landscape." You very likely recognized two words that are closely related to "preeminent" - "prominent" and "eminence." All three words are rooted in the Latin verb stem -minēre, meaning "to stand out." But did you note as well the related word mount? Not too surprisingly, "-minēre" is related to "mons," the Latin word for "mountain." That relationship leads us in turn to "paramount," a word closely related in meaning to "preeminent."

Examples of preeminent in a Sentence

She's the preeminent chef in a city that has many good ones. The poem is a preeminent example of his work.

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Last night, design aficionados descended on Park Avenue Armory for the ultimate Throwback Thursday: The Winter Show, the world’s preeminent antique fair. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 Of 69 suburban districts held by the GOP before the election, just 32 will remain in Republican hands next year, according to an analysis by the Washington Post’s Dan Balz, one of our preeminent political analysts.. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 SummerFest’s storied reputation as a preeminent annual chamber-music festival predates Lin becoming its music director. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SummerFest music director Cho-Liang 'Jimmy' Lin will bow out with poise and panache," 10 June 2018 Whether or not Duke has overtaken the Wildcats as the nation’s preeminent recruiting force, the Blue Devils did use this cycle to restock their roster with a crop of the very best high school players in the country. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Winners and Losers of College Basketball's 2018 Recruiting Cycle," 2 May 2018 For nearly four years, Miami was the league's preeminent force, winning two titles in that stretch. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "LeBron James opposed to idea of NBA playoff reseeding," 21 Feb. 2018 The event has also helped create and nurture a generation of serious collectors in the city, who have collectively helped to established Dallas as a preeminent and vibrant global center for contemporary art. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "During a Weekend in Dallas, Hamish Bowles Takes in the City’s Vibrant Art Scene From its Public and Private Museums," 1 Nov. 2018 Yes, the most successful all-American brand in the current market is now the proud owner of one of the most preeminent names in Italian fashion. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Versace Is Not Becoming Michael Kors—the Same Way Jimmy Choo Didn't Become Michael Kors," 26 Sep. 2018 That’s why a new county-level data analysis from Third Way, the preeminent moderate Democratic think tank, is so intriguing. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Race was the biggest factor in 2016 — but economics is still Democrats’ winning message," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of preeminent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preeminent

Middle English, from Late Latin praeeminent-, praeeminens, from Latin, present participle of praeeminēre to be outstanding, from prae- + eminēre to stand out — more at eminent

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preeminent

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English Language Learners Definition of preeminent

formal : more important, skillful, or successful than others : better than others

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