or pre-em·i·nence

[pree-em-uh-nuh ns]


the state or character of being preeminent.

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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Contemporary Examples of pre-eminence

Historical Examples of pre-eminence

  • It is not to be conceived how exact these people are in assigning the pre-eminence to the men.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • But most men have never had the opportunity of attaining this pre-eminence of evil.



  • What gave you any pre-eminence above those that surround you?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Victoria has owed its past pre-eminence to its gold production.

  • Then, and not till then, will it be entitled to the pre-eminence.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper