or pre-em·i·nent

[ pree-em-uh-nuhnt ]
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  1. 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

synonym study For preeminent

See dominant.

Other words for preeminent

Other words from preeminent

  • pre·em·i·nent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preeminent in a sentence

  • Of this preeminently distinguished man in the nineteenth century there are many biographies and lasting monuments.

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  • All that had proved preeminently unsuccessful, a most poisonous harvest of Dead Sea fruit.

  • The Americans are preeminently practical jokers, and the ends to which they go is beyond belief.

  • The people are preeminently religious, and prize-fighting and football are the sports of brutes; yet the two are most popular.

  • With all its defects the age of Edward is preeminently a strong age.

British Dictionary definitions for pre-eminent


/ (prɪˈɛmɪnənt) /

  1. extremely eminent or distinguished; outstanding

Derived forms of pre-eminent

  • pre-eminence, noun
  • pre-eminently, adverb

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