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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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 As one of the world’s preeminent smartphone companies, whatever side of the 5G line Apple ends up on will almost certainly have massive ramifications for the rest of the industry. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "5G is almost here — here’s how everyone’s getting ready," 7 Sep. 2018 Ehrenreich is a preeminent voice on America's continued careening into inequality, starting long before the recession, most notably with her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed, in which the author chronicled various attempts to live on minimum wage. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Good Journalism for Hard Times," 18 July 2018 On foreign policy, their views also track, both speaking of a robust military to ensure America's preeminent place in the world. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republican Kevin Nicholson stresses foreign policy in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 18 June 2018 Morgan, an historically black university and an anchor in Northeast Baltimore, plays a role as the preeminent public urban research university in the state, producing scientific discoveries and yielding start-up businesses, the report said. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Morgan State generates nearly $1 billion a year in economic impact," 18 June 2018 And that is just one step toward a more ambitious goal, most observers say: to supplant the US as the preeminent power in Asia and the western Pacific. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "What Beijing's surge in the South China Sea means," 1 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of preeminent

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

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