Origin of imminent
Examples from the Web for imminent
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.
Yet, the ever-visionary Van Gogh still feels the possibility of acclaim after his imminent death.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its arrival, experts say, is not just inevitable but imminent.
When crawling and walking are imminent, I talk with parents about getting the house ready.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.|Russell Saunders|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The only exception is military action to repel an imminent attack.
Then at once they reached and hovered upon the imminent verge of sleep—but an intruder came, now, that would not "down."The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
After a series of farewells that would have befitted an imminent voyage to foreign parts, the Kid went down to the street.The Voice of the City|O. Henry
Under the weight of this imminent secret, the Princess Martha could neither eat nor sleep.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home|Bayard Taylor
They all realized that there was imminent a climax unforeseen by all––all but the Judge; and he was too blind with rage to see.Once to Every Man|Larry Evans
In it he told the young man of the imminent danger which threatened them, and how necessary it was that he should return.A Study In Scarlet|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for imminent
Word Origin for imminent
Word Origin and History for imminent
1520s, from Middle French imminent (14c.) and directly from Latin imminentem (nominative imminens), present participle of imminere "to overhang; impend, be near, be at hand," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + minere "jut out," related to mons "hill" (see mount (n.)). Related: Imminently.