- chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
- above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
- a supreme ruler; overlord.
Origin of paramount
- a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
Examples from the Web for paramount
But all the studios like Paramount that do art house films passed on it.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
He would talk to Mecallari and the staff about what was of paramount importance to him, his two sons.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Hitchcock said that when Vertigo was finished, he took it to New York to screen it for the Paramount executives.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep is paramount to achieving high performance.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
But it is also a rejoinder to the view, which I expressed, that ethical norms are paramount.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality
October 25, 2014
Steadily, imperceptibly, and surely, until it was paramount and supreme.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
In fact, it is the paramount law from a Darwinian stand-point.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Woman's duty to society is paramount, she is the guardian of the Race-body and Race-soul.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
At one time this would have been his paramount, almost sole anxiety.The Law-Breakers
As a strategist his qualities came to be recognized as paramount in that body.
- of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
- rare a supreme ruler
Word Origin and History for paramount
1530s, from Anglo-French paramont, Old French paramont "above" (in place, order, degree), mid-14c., from Old French par "by," from Latin per "through, for, by" (see per (prep.)) + amont "up," from a mont "upward" (see amount (v.)). The whole from Latin per ad montem, literally "to the hill."