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.

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The tradition of liberal internationalism, which held individual liberty as the preeminent value and believed in equality of opportunity, as well as a safety net, was under assault. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Guns and the ‘New Class’," 10 Aug. 2019 In its 63rd season, Santa Fe Opera remains America's preeminent summer opera festival, mixing repertory favorites with new or at least rarely performed opera. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A fairy-tale world premiere and Janácek's brutal but redemptive 'Jenufa' impress at Santa Fe Opera," 6 Aug. 2019 Grubba, a Catholic priest in Princeton, has for decades chronicled racing as a writer and photographer, has been a confidant to countless drivers and has become the preeminent historian of Wisconsin short-track racing. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two incredible seasons and one wild life are chronicled in new books on Wisconsin racing," 23 July 2019 This one was also a preeminent saliva-swapping song of its day. Scott Huver, CNN, "Your 'Stranger Things' Season 3 soundtrack," 8 July 2019 Within months, the Go became the preeminent band on the downtown Detroit scene, attracting the attention of Seattle's Sub Pop Records. Brian Mccollum,, "Revealing the White Stripes: The inside story of the early years," 24 July 2019 First operated from his basement, the center was initially known as the Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences and became a preeminent organization in its field. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Daniel Callahan, preeminent and probing bioethicist, dies at 88," 23 July 2019 The 16-year-old organization, which is the preeminent body of black film critics, on Tuesday announced its honorees in a statement and will fete them at a private brunch on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'When They See Us' Dominates African American Film Critics Association's Inaugural TV Honors," 23 July 2019 For decades, Toys R Us was the nation's preeminent toy seller., "Toys R Us is back from the dead, but its new stores are unrecognizable," 18 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of preeminent

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

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