preeminent

adjective
pre·​em·​i·​nent | \ prē-ˈe-mə-nənt How to pronounce preeminent (audio) \

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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Over the past few decades, the region has become a preeminent wine destination down under, luring vacationers year-round with elegant tasting rooms, plush accommodations, and distinct Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "This Australian Paradise Combines Everything You Love About Sonoma and the Hamptons," 15 June 2019 The landings were the largest joint naval, air and land assault ever undertaken, an audacious feat that helped cement the role of the U.S. military as the world’s preeminent fighting force. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump in Normandy: ‘We are gathered here on freedom’s altar’," 6 June 2019 In the same survey last year, 53% of respondents said London was the world’s preeminent financial center. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Brexit chaos has lost London its spot as the world’s top financial center," 1 June 2019 Her appearance was protested – the Soviet Union, despite Glasnost, was a preeminent authoritarian regime, after all. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog's Documentary, Is a Historical Thriller for Today," 27 May 2019 Throughout its long history, the Wooster Group, America's preeminent experimental theater company, has conducted séances to communicate with the spirits of the theatrical past. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "With 'A Pink Chair,' Wooster Group conjures from spirits from theater's past," 7 Apr. 2018 The pre-collection presentations in particular, once shown quietly to buyers and rarely to the press, have now assumed an importance that reflects their preeminent commercial significance. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 The Grammys took some online blowback by having Jennifer Lopez deliver a tribute to Motown , once the nation’s preeminent label for black artists. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of preeminent

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

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