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

OTHER WORDS FROM paramount

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH paramount

paramount tantamountparamount ultimate

synonym study for paramount

1. See dominant.
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British Dictionary definitions for paramountcy

paramount
/ (ˈpærəˌmaʊnt) /

adjective

of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent

noun

rare a supreme ruler

Derived forms of paramount

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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