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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.
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
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
First Known Use: 15th century
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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