Eminent Definition

Well-known and respected, especially for achievement in a particular field.
An eminent historian.
American Heritage
Rising above other things or places; high; lofty.
Webster's New World
Projecting; prominent; protruding.
Webster's New World
Being such in full measure; complete; absolute.
American Heritage
Outstanding; remarkable; noteworthy.
A man of eminent courage.
Webster's New World

Origin of 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin ēminēns ēminent- present participle of ēminēre to stand out ē-, ex- ex- -minēre to jut out men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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