or pre-em·i·nent



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

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

Synonyms for preeminent

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Contemporary Examples of pre-eminent

Historical Examples of pre-eminent

  • 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.



  • The eleventh chapter of the Hebrews is a pre-eminent Scripture.

  • Words like "pre-eminent," divided for the same reason, have already been noted.


    Paul Allardyce

  • They would remain the great, pre-eminent centre of national authority.

    Home Rule

    Harold Spender

British Dictionary definitions for pre-eminent



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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