- The definition of eminent is someone or something that rises above or is distinguished or outstanding.
- An example of eminent is the Space Needle in Seattle.
- An example of eminent is an actor's performance in a play that was far better than the performances by the other actors.
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- rising above other things or places; high; lofty
- projecting; prominent; protruding
- standing high by comparison with others, as in rank or achievement; renowned; exalted; distinguished
- outstanding; remarkable; noteworthy: a man of eminent courage
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin eminens: see eminence
- eminently adverb
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- Of high rank, station, or quality; noteworthy: eminent members of the community.
- Outstanding, as in character or performance; distinguished: an eminent historian. See Synonyms at noted.
- Towering or standing out above others; prominent: an eminent peak.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin ēminēns, ēminent-, present participle of ēminēre, to stand out : ē-, ex-, ex- + -minēre, to jut out; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
- emˈi·nent·ly adverb