Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • hello agian i found this word in my old ceramics book by Glen Nelsen.The final potted form is the paramount concern to most artist.

    September 30, 2010

  • CDO: more important than anything else:

    There are many priorities, but reducing the budget deficit is paramount/is of paramount importance.

    August 23, 2008