[ em-uh-nuhns ]
/ 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.
Sometimes em·i·nen·cy [em-uh-nuhn-see] /ˈɛm ə nən si/ .

Origin of eminence

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Anglo-French from Latin ēminentia, equivalent to ēmin- (base of ēminēre “to stand out”) + -entia noun sufffix; see origin at eminent, -ence
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British Dictionary definitions for eminence (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /


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 for eminence

C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent

British Dictionary definitions for eminence (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /

noun plural -nences or -nencies

(preceded by Your or His) a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
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Medical definitions for eminence

[ ĕmə-nəns ]


The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.
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