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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
Conservative outlets had been on the case for months, fueled by Iwan's ties to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), a preeminent GOP bogeywoman who used to run the Democratic National Committee.
Whitson is the preeminent example of when a player can’t pitch in New York.
Over a century ago, two French tire manufacturers accidentally created the world’s preeminent food guide.
His first art exhibition, held in his hometown of Houston in February 2013, led to an improbable invitation to exhibit at Art Dubai — the preeminent contemporary art fair in the Middle East — the very next month.
Like his predecessors, Parneros insisted that the chain would move away from selling toys and games and return to its identity as the nation’s preeminent bookseller.
To be deemed preeminent, universities must hit 11 of 12 markers that include graduation rates, freshman retention rates and postdoctoral appointees.
But the Warriors have been the area’s preeminent non-shoe team in the area for years, with players such as Ryan Young (Northwestern), Taylor Funk (St. Joe’s) and Eli Brooks (Michigan) on the team in recent years.
The band has been called as the exemplar of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal that began in the 1990s with the likes of Pantera and Machine Head and the preeminent metal act of the 21st century, Metallica.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of preeminent
arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, foremost, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, overbearing, overriding, paramount, predominant, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supreme;
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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