- 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.
The Space Needle is an example of something that is eminent.
- 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 of eminentMiddle English ; from Classical Latin eminens: see eminence
- Well-known and respected, especially for achievement in a particular field: an eminent historian. See Synonyms at famous.
- a. Outstanding or remarkable: handled the situation with eminent skill.b. Being such in full measure; complete; absolute: “the eminent sanity, good-humor and judgement you always display in pushing matters you have at heart” (Theodore Roosevelt).
- Towering or standing out above others; prominent: an eminent peak.
Origin of eminentMiddle 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.
(comparative more eminent, superlative most eminent)
From Middle French éminent, from Latin present participle eminens, eminentis, from verb ēmineō (“I project, I protrude”), from ex- (“out of, from”) + mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mānō (“I flow”).