- eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
Origin of preeminent
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Examples from the Web for pre-eminent
The Obama administration should have been raising holy hell, demanding that a pre-eminent doctor get his vote on the Senate floor.Where the Hell Is the Surgeon General?
Roland S. Martin
October 9, 2014
Some of the pre-eminent innovators at the intersection of art and coding are based at the Aesthetics and Computation Group at MIT.Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here
July 7, 2014
Pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-Day invasion.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion
June 5, 2014
It is today regarded as a pre-eminent artistic commentary on apartheid.In Palestinian Theater's New York Performance, the Play After the Play is the Thing
September 28, 2013
Gates has repeatedly lauded Petraeus as “the pre-eminent soldier-scholar of his generation.”Panetta's Thankless New Job
April 28, 2011
He has been pre-eminent in the establishment and development of institutions.
She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes.Timaeus
The eleventh chapter of the Hebrews is a pre-eminent Scripture.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Handley C.G. Moule
Words like "pre-eminent," divided for the same reason, have already been noted."Stops"
They would remain the great, pre-eminent centre of national authority.Home Rule
- extremely eminent or distinguished; outstanding
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.