or pre-em·i·nence

[pree-em-uh-nuh ns]


the state or character of being preeminent.

Nearby words

  1. preeclampsia,
  2. preelection,
  3. preemergence,
  4. preemergent,
  5. preemie,
  6. preeminent,
  7. preeminently,
  8. preemphasis,
  9. preemployment,
  10. preempt

Origin of preeminence

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word praeēminentia. See preeminent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pre-eminence



also pre-eminence, c.1200, from Late Latin praeeminentia "distinction, superiority," from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminere "transcend, excel," literally "project forward, rise above," from prae "before" (see pre-) + eminere "stand out, project" (see eminent).

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