or pre-em·i·nent

[ pree-em-uh-nuhnt ]
/ priˈɛm ə nənt /


eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.

Nearby words

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

Origin of preeminent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent

Related formspre·em·i·nent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for pre-eminent


/ (prɪˈɛmɪnənt) /


extremely eminent or distinguished; outstanding
Derived Formspre-eminence, nounpre-eminently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for pre-eminent



also preeminent, mid-15c., from Medieval Latin preeminentem, from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminare "to transcend, excel," literally "to project forward, rise above" (see pre-eminence). Related: Pre-eminently; preeminently.

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