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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.
Recent Examples of preeminent from the Web
After kicking off the 30th anniversary this year of el Nuevo Herald as the nation’s preeminent award-winning Spanish-language daily, Márquez wants to pursue other opportunities in her native South Florida.
The company was launched by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in a race to be the preeminent company for aircraft that can launch objects into orbit.
Finally, that December, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Churchill’s preeminent goal of getting the United States into the war was achieved.
Dancers from across the U.S. and Spain will gather in New Mexico for the 30th anniversary of a preeminent international flamenco festival.
This is the fictionalized account of the real-life, cutthroat rivalry between two of America’s earliest, preeminent paleontologists, Edward Drinker Cope of Philadelphia and Othniel Charles Marsh of Yale.
For the next 15 years at the very least, America will be the preeminent military power.
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Did You Know?
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."
PREEMINENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preeminent for English Language Learners
: more important, skillful, or successful than others : better than others
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