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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
Ahn started out as a freelance model, before being snapped up by ESteem, the country’s preeminent agency.
Kante is the world's preeminent ball-winning, clean-tackling central midfielder.
Fuller wasn't only one who saw echoes of one of America's preeminent early 20th-century painters and illustrators in the assortment of enigmatic facial expressions of a room full of the world's most powerful leaders.
Bless Maryland Deathfest for providing planet earth with one of its preeminent annual showcases for dark and abrasive music.
Both races are 1 ½ miles, and his idea was to give America a preeminent event like those races.
The opening marks an auspicious new era for the Colonial, which for decades was one of the country’s preeminent venues for pre-Broadway tryouts, but whose future was thrown into doubt when Emerson College closed the theater in 2015.
When Reggie was the game’s preeminent slugger, fans arrived early to ooh and aah at his batting practice.
At the time, Assange was eager to get involved to help NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden find asylum in Ecuador, establishing WikiLeaks as the preeminent organization for whistleblower protection.
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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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