Definitions

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

  • adj. Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding. See Synonyms at dominant, noted.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin praeēminēns, present participle of praeēminēre, to excel : prae-, pre- + ēminēre, to stand out; see eminent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French preeminent and its source, Latin praeēminēns, present participle of praeēminēre ("to stand out, excel"), from prae- ("pre-") + ēminēre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Toronto's exchange and its venture affiliate, the TSX Venture Exchange, are known as the preeminent places to raise capital for exploration, hosting about 1,900 energy and mining firms that raised about $29 billion in equity last year.

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  • Sarah is described as preeminent in the household.

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  • Yesterday Rush Limbaugh, known as the preeminent defender of the Republicans, walked way from them, saying they don ` t speak for him anymore.

    CNN Transcript Nov 9, 2006

  • Terri Windling, creator and editor of the Fairy Tale Series, has been called the preeminent fantasy editor of the present day; she is a four time winner of the World Fantasy Award for he editorial work.

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  • There is no one who can be called a preeminent leader of the Regulation.

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  • In addition, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston is nationally known as the preeminent center for the care of children and young adults with a wide range of developmental disorders and those with congenital, neuromuscular or posttraumatic problems of the musculoskeletal system.

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  • This was the first of many acquisitions, which would culminate 40 years later in what is widely known as the preeminent collection of Dalí's work in America.

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  • There is general agreement that the stimulus funds are only a down payment on the nation's Internet communications systems, so the FCC is trying to develop a roadmap advising policymakers on how to move forward in what many are fond of describing as the preeminent infrastructure challenge of our time.

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  • Though they're masters of Iranian classical music, they're probably best known as the preeminent exponents of Kurdish folk, preserving and polishing songs from its vast repertoire.

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