The definition of paramount is something of utmost importance or something that is the most important.
An example of paramount is national security.
ranking higher than any other, as in power or importance; chief; supreme
Origin of paramountAnglo-French paramont ; from Old French par (L per), by + amont, à mont (; from Classical Latin ad montem, to the hill), uphill
Rare supreme ruler; overlord
- Of chief concern or importance: “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union” (Abraham Lincoln).
- Highest in rank, power, or authority: the paramount leader of the nation.
One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.
Origin of paramountAnglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see amount.