Preeminent definition

prē-ĕmə-nənt
Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding.
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Eminent above others; excelling others, esp. in a particular quality; surpassing.
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Exceeding others in quality or rank; of outstanding excellence, extremely notable or important. [from 15th c.]
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The definition of preeminent is someone who is distinguished in some way or who surpasses and exceeds the accomplishments of others.

The world's most knowledgeable expert on bugs is an example of a preeminent bug expert.

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Origin of preeminent

  • Middle English from Latin praeēminēns present participle of praeēminēre to excel prae- pre- ēminēre to stand out eminent

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

  • From Middle French preeminent and its source, Latin praeÄ“minÄ“ns, present participle of praeÄ“minÄ“re (“to stand out, excel"), from prae- (“pre-") + Ä“minÄ“re.

    From Wiktionary