- high station, rank, or repute: philosophers of eminence.
- a high place or part; a hill or elevation; height.
- (initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor, applied to cardinals (usually preceded by His or Your).
- Anatomy. an elevation or projection, especially on a bone.
Origin of eminence
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Examples from the Web for eminence
“He was very bitter,” says longtime Granite State Republican eminence and former state attorney general Tom Rath.Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave
December 4, 2013
The eminence was asked, the next morning, “Well, you've met the young Yeats— what did you think of him?”Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney
October 1, 2013
Tayoun served almost three years, but remained an eminence on the Philadelphia political scene.Jill Kelley’s Campaign to Befriend Petraeus, Allen, and Other Top Brass
November 14, 2012
“Mr. de la Renta is far more a hot dog than an eminence grise of American fashion” Horyn wrote in her review.Oscar de la Renta's Feud with Cathy Horyn, The Man Repeller's Empire Expands
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2012
Forthwith a few examples, in no particular order of eminence.The Best Stoner Novels
April 20, 2010
Strange was the scene which met their eyes from this eminence.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
They could not now descend from the eminence on which they stood.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
In the centre of the island is an eminence, which was occupied by the garrison, and had some artillery.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
They stand on the eminence that forms the background of my present view.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
They ascended that eminence which is the pass into the Alpuxarras.Leila, Complete
- a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame
- a high or raised piece of ground
- anatomy a projection of an organ or part
- (preceded by Your or His) a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
Word Origin and History for eminence
c.1400, "projection, protuberance;" early 15c., "high or exalted position," from Old French eminence or directly from Latin eminentia "prominence, eminence," from eminentem (nominative eminens) "excellent, prominent" (see eminent).
As a title of honor (now only of cardinals) it is attested from 1650s. The original Éminence grise (French, literally "gray eminence") was François Leclerc du Trembley (1577-1638), confidential agent of Richelieu.
- The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.