[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. emil,
  2. emilia-romagna,
  3. emily,
  4. emin,
  5. eminem,
  6. eminency,
  7. eminent,
  8. eminent domain,
  9. eminently,
  10. eminescu

Origin of eminence

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēminentia, equivalent to ēmin- (base of ēminēre to stand out; see eminent) + -entia -ence

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British Dictionary definitions for eminence


/ (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



/ (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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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.

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Medicine definitions for eminence


[ ĕmə-nəns ]


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

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