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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
But the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and the Bill Clinton administration and Congress in 1999 shuttered America's preeminent global information agency.
And the emergence of Trump as the country’s preeminent political figure is a sure sign that those original sins are very much still with us.
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images In many ways, Apple (aapl, -0.15%) is the preeminent technology company.
The day coincided with my Queen photo shoot, one picture of which would be taken in Central Park, aka NYC’s preeminent nature zone.
The preeminent expert on police decertification, Roger Goldman, argues that police officers should be regulated at least much as people in other professions that hold public trust.
Higher Heights is the country’s preeminent organization committed solely to the political leadership of Black women — in office, as chiefs of staff, and political operatives at every level.
Father Laurentin, a French theologian who died Sept. 10 at 99, was perhaps Catholicism’s preeminent scholar of contemporary miracles and Marian apparitions.
In fact, it was published as a research article in Science, the preeminent U.S. scientific journal.
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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."
Synonymsarch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, foremost, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supreme
Related Wordsdistinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renowned
Near Antonymsinconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary
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