from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of chief concern or importance: tending first to one's paramount needs.
- adj. Supreme in rank, power, or authority. See Synonyms at dominant.
- n. One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Supreme; highest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the highest rank or jurisdiction; superior to all others; chief; supreme; preëminent.
- n. The highest or chief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Supreme; superior in power or jurisdiction; chief: as, lord paramount, the supreme lord of a fee, or of lands, tenements, and hereditaments.
- Above; superior to: with a prepositional force.
- Eminent; of the highest order; especially, of chief or superior importance; above all others as regards importance; superior: as, the paramount duty of a citizen.
- n. The chief; the highest in rank or importance; a superior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having superior power and influence
Anglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see amount.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from par, per ("by") + amont, amount ("above, upward"), from Latin ad montem ("to a mountain"); see amount. (Wiktionary)