[ em-uh-nuhns ]
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  1. high station, rank, or repute: philosophers of eminence.

  2. a high place or part; a hill or elevation; height.

  1. (initial capital letter)Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor, applied to cardinals (usually preceded by His or Your).

  2. Anatomy. an elevation or projection, especially on a bone.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for eminence (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /

  1. a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame

  2. a high or raised piece of ground

  1. anatomy a projection of an organ or part

Origin of eminence

C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent
  • Also called: eminency

British Dictionary definitions for Eminence (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /

nounplural -nences or -nencies
  1. (preceded by Your or His) a title used to address or refer to a cardinal

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