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[uhp-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈʌp ərˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
adjective, Also, upmost.
highest in place, order, rank, power, etc.:
the uppermost peaks of the mountain; the uppermost class of society.
topmost; predominant:
a subject of uppermost concern.
in or into the uppermost place, rank, or predominance:
The blossoms grow uppermost on the stems of these flowers; the thoughts that came uppermost to her mind.
Origin of uppermost
1475-85; upper1 + -most
Can be confused
upmost, uppermost, utmost. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The best of his nature, whatever of good there was in him, was uppermost when with Dora.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Eric is uppermost, and, strive as he will, Skallagrim may not turn him on his back again.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • The large pieced portion was uppermost, and beneath it was the lining, with layers of cotton in between.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • The thought was uppermost in Berrington's mind as he laid a hand on the door.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • Then when the top ceases spinning, the uppermost number is the one which counts.

    Toy-Making at Home Morley Adams
  • A cask so placed that its bung-stave is uppermost, and it rests entirely on its beds.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Now, however, he rode and strode the country a mere scowling ruffian, with his uppermost emotions still stamped on his face.

    Children of the Mist Eden Phillpotts
  • Last night's adventure was uppermost in his thoughts, as well it might be.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • But when the serious business of life gave time, wine, flowers and lovely women were uppermost in his thoughts.

British Dictionary definitions for uppermost


highest in position, power, importance, etc
in or into the highest position, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uppermost

late 15c., from upper + -most.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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