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  1. high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen.
  2. conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy: eminent fairness.
  3. lofty; high: eminent peaks.
  4. prominent; projecting; protruding: an eminent nose.
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Origin of eminent

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēminent- (stem of ēminēns) outstanding (present participle of ēminēre to stick out, project), equivalent to ē- e-1 + min- (see imminent) + -ent- -ent
Related formsem·i·nent·ly, adverbnon·em·i·nent, adjectivequa·si-em·i·nent, adjectivequa·si-em·i·nent·ly, adverbun·em·i·nent, adjectiveun·em·i·nent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedeminent immanent imminent


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  1. above others in rank, merit, or reputation; distinguishedan eminent scientist
  2. (prenominal) noteworthy, conspicuous, or outstandingeminent good sense
  3. projecting or protruding; prominent
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Derived Formseminently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēminēre to project, stand out, from minēre to stand
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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.

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