preferment

[ pri-fur-muh nt ]
/ prɪˈfɜr mənt /

noun

the act of preferring.
the state of being preferred.
advancement or promotion, especially in the church.
a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.

Nearby words

  1. preference stock,
  2. preferential,
  3. preferential shop,
  4. preferential voting,
  5. preferentially,
  6. preferred lie,
  7. preferred ordinary shares,
  8. preferred position,
  9. preferred pronoun,
  10. preferred provider organization

Origin of preferment

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at prefer, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for preferment

preferment

/ (prɪˈfɜːmənt) /

noun

the act of promoting or advancing to a higher position, office, etc
the state of being preferred for promotion or social advancement
the act of preferring
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Word Origin and History for preferment

preferment

n.

mid-15c., from prefer + -ment.

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