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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Twin Cities’ preeminent hip-hop label and promotions company, Rhymesayers Entertainment — which has long faced criticism for not supporting women artists — dropped two acts, Prof and Dem Atlas, amid last summer’s glut of survivor stories. Star Tribune, "Facing the music," 10 Apr. 2021 Given Essence’s history as the preeminent style publication for African American women, spotlighting Black talent was essential. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Laverne Cox Honored Black Design Talent With Her Essence Awards Wardrobe," 23 Apr. 2021 And while the Oscars are still viewed as the preeminent awards show for the entertainment industry, academy voters aren't the only power brokers of awards season. Washington Post, "This is a landmark year for diversity at the Oscars. Why did it take nearly a century?," 22 Apr. 2021 And Larry Johnson had developed into easily the preeminent player in college basketball that year. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "'Unbeatable died that day': An oral history of the 1991 Duke-UNLV Final Four clash in Indy," 1 Apr. 2021 The case concerns a fallout between the maker of one of the world's most popular video games and the preeminent mobile device company over Apple's control of its App Store. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Tim Cook and other Apple executives will testify against Epic in Fortnite trial," 21 Mar. 2021 First, Live Nation is the world’s preeminent force in ticketing, tour promotion and venue operations. Eric Fuller, Forbes, "After One Year Without Live Entertainment - The Winners Emerge," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent editions of the world’s preeminent film festivals have showcased a wealth of small-screen programming on the big screen. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, "Creators say TV festivals are transforming the industry. But not how you might think," 16 Mar. 2021 Ehrlich went on to become an architectural star and a founding partner of Ehrlich Yanai Chaney Rhee, a preeminent firm known internationally for its contemporary vision. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s Former Venice Beach Compound Lists for $7.8 Million," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Preeminent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preeminent

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

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