preeminent

adjective pre·em·i·nent \ prē-ˈe-mə-nənt \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of preeminent

: having paramount rank, dignity, or importance : outstanding, supreme

preeminently

adverb

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Examples of preeminent in a Sentence

  1. She's the preeminent chef in a city that has many good ones.

  2. The poem is a preeminent example of his work.

Recent Examples of preeminent from the Web

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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

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


PREEMINENT Defined for English Language Learners

preeminent

adjective

Definition of preeminent for English Language Learners

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



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