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[em-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɛm ə nəns/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēminentia, equivalent to ēmin- (base of ēminēre to stand out; see eminent) + -entia -ence
1. conspicuousness, note, fame. 2. prominence.
1. obscurity. Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • They ascended that eminence which is the pass into the Alpuxarras.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for eminence


a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame
a high or raised piece of ground
(anatomy) a projection of an organ or part
Also called eminency
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent


noun (pl) -nences, -nencies
preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eminence in Medicine

eminence em·i·nence (ěm'ə-nəns)
The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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