paramount

[ par-uh-mount ]
/ ˈpær əˌmaʊnt /

adjective

chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.

noun

a supreme ruler; overlord.

Origin of paramount

1525–35; < Anglo-French paramont above, equivalent to par per- + a mont < Latin ad montem to the mountain, hence, in Old French: upward, above; see ad-, mount2

Related forms

par·a·mount·cy, nounpar·a·mount·ly, adverbsu·per·par·a·mount, adjective

Can be confused

paramount tantamountparamount ultimate

Synonym study

1. See dominant.

Definition for paramount (2 of 2)

Paramount

[ par-uh-mount ]
/ ˈpær əˌmaʊnt /

noun

a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
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British Dictionary definitions for paramount

paramount

/ (ˈpærəˌmaʊnt) /

adjective

of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent

noun

rare a supreme ruler

Derived Forms

paramountcy, nounparamountly, adverb

Word Origin for paramount

C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain
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