Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A position of great distinction or superiority: rose to eminence as a surgeon.
  • n. A rise of ground; a hill.
  • n. A person of high station or great achievements.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church Used with His or Your as a title and form of address for a cardinal.
  • n. A projection or protuberance from the surface of a body part, especially a bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone of high rank, reputation or social station
  • n. the quality or state of being eminent
  • n. prominence in a particular order or accumulation; esteem
  • n. an elevated land area or a hill
  • n. a protuberance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is eminent or lofty; a high ground or place; a height.
  • n. An elevated condition among men; a place or station above men in general, either in rank, office, or celebrity; social or moral loftiness; high rank; distinction; preferment.
  • n. A title of honor, especially applied to a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part rising or projecting beyond the rest or above the surface; something protuberant or prominent; a projection: as, the eminences on or in an animal body. See phrases below, and eminentia.
  • n. Specifically A conspicuous place or situation; a prominent position; especially, a hill or height of ground affording a wide view.
  • n. Elevation as regards rank, worth, accomplishment, etc.; exalted station or repute; more generally, a high degree of distinction in any respect, good or bad: as, to attain eminence in a profession, or in the annals of crime.
  • n. Supreme degree.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a title of honor attached by a consistorial decree of 1630 exclusively to cardinals and to the master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem: usually with a capital.
  • n. Synonyms Height, elevation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
  • n. high status importance owing to marked superiority

Etymologies

From the Latin ēminēntia ("prominence”, “protuberance”; “eminence”, “excellence"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Satan exalted sat, by merit rais'd 5
    To that bad eminence ...

    Milton, Paradise Lost, II

    December 18, 2006