- The definition of imminent is something that is likely to happen very soon.
An example of imminent is a meteorologist saying a hurricane will reach a certain area.
Origin of imminentClassical Latin imminens, present participle of imminere, to project over, threaten ; from in-, on + minere, to project: see menace
Origin of imminentMiddle English iminent, from Old French imminent, from Latin imminēns, imminent-, present participle of imminēre, to overhang : in-, in; see in–2 + -minēre, to jut, threaten; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more imminent, superlative most imminent)