- high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen.
- conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy: eminent fairness.
- lofty; high: eminent peaks.
- prominent; projecting; protruding: an eminent nose.
Origin of eminent
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Examples from the Web for eminent
President Lyndon Johnson weighed in; national symposia of eminent men were held to discuss the issue.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
“Bernanke was actually an exception,” says Richard Scylla, the eminent New York University financial historian.Larry Summers’s Connection to Wall Street Should Surprise No One
September 13, 2013
TV crews were in attendance, along with Florida's most eminent civic leaders.How the CIA Helped Disney Conquer Florida
April 14, 2013
Among the Islands By Tim Flannery An eminent zoologist reports from his adventures through the South Pacific Islands.This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 29, 2012
October 29, 2012
Her family was offered security several times, but her father, an eminent and respected figure in Swat, refused.After Malala Yousafzai Shooting, Can Shock Therapy Free Pakistan?
October 12, 2012
These roads were established by the power of eminent domain.The Railroad Question
On your head, most eminent Archbishop, is the whole responsibility.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
This work has a vast circulation, and is respected by eminent men.
The Transfiguration, by Raphael, is an eminent example of this peculiar merit.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eminent scientists will be found on both sides of this question.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- above others in rank, merit, or reputation; distinguishedan eminent scientist
- (prenominal) noteworthy, conspicuous, or outstandingeminent good sense
- projecting or protruding; prominent
Word Origin and History for eminent
early 15c., from Middle French éminent (13c.) or directly from Latin eminentem (nominative eminens), present participle of eminere "stand out, project," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + minere, related to mons "hill" (see mount (n.)). Related: Eminently. Legal eminent domain recorded from 1738.