Main definitions of paramount in English

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paramount1

adjective

  • 1More important than anything else; supreme.

    ‘the interests of the child are of paramount importance’
    • ‘Economic growth is of paramount importance, and cutting taxes is the way to get it.’
    • ‘In many pagan myth cycles, of paramount importance is the winter.’
    • ‘It is paramount that all the outstanding subscriptions are paid in order to keep the service in operation.’
    • ‘The planning of land is of paramount importance because you don't get a second chance.’
    • ‘It should by this means embody the central principle that the learner's needs are of paramount importance.’
    • ‘The health and wellbeing of employees and guests is of paramount importance to all its members.’
    • ‘Any major redevelopment of the south Sutton area is of paramount importance to all those who reside in the area.’
    • ‘Where building projects and the underground projects were concerned, speed was of paramount importance.’
    • ‘Public hearings on important matters are paramount to monitoring government.’
    • ‘The requirement of absolute honesty so that there can be absolute trust in a solicitor is obviously of paramount importance.’
    • ‘Devotion to her religion was of paramount importance to her right up to the end.’
    • ‘He said of paramount importance was the need for development of sport infrastructure in member states.’
    • ‘At peak times, when children are going to or coming from school, their safety is of paramount importance.’
    • ‘Victory is paramount and anything that gets in the way is deemed the enemy that must be destroyed at all costs.’
    • ‘In the current market, however, a competitive price will be of paramount importance.’
    • ‘It is of paramount importance to take a principled stand against the advocates of communal hatred on all sides.’
    • ‘It is of paramount importance that the chairperson and the director work well together.’
    • ‘The safety of our passengers, fellow crew members and vessels is of paramount importance.’
    • ‘Free trade is a principle which recognizes the paramount importance of individual action.’
    • ‘I didn't do anything about it; her happiness was still of paramount importance in my mind.’
    most important, of greatest importance, of prime importance, of supreme importance
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  • 2attributive Having supreme power.

    ‘a paramount chief’
    • ‘The role of the United States as a paramount power is somewhat comparable to Great Britain in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Social contact with the outside world was absolutely crucial to maintaining the power of paramount chiefs.’
    • ‘It wasn't land ownership exactly, but the paramount chiefs were allowed to allocate land rights to residents.’
    • ‘All the territory of an administrative chiefdom is technically held by the paramount chief.’
    • ‘He was deposed as paramount chief and Zululand was annexed to British authority at Ulundi on 1 September.’
    unequalled, without equal, unparalleled, without parallel, matchless, unmatched, peerless, without peer, unsurpassed, unbeaten, unexcelled, incomparable, beyond compare, inimitable
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘highest in jurisdiction’ in the phrases lord paramount and paramount chief): from Anglo-Norman French paramont, from Old French par ‘by’ + amont ‘above’.

Pronunciation

paramount

/ˈparəmaʊnt/

Main definitions of paramount in English

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Paramount2

proper noun

  • 1A city in south-western California, south-east of Los Angeles; population 55,236 (est. 2008).

    1. 1.1 A US film production and distribution company established in 1912. A major studio of the silent era, Paramount acted as an outlet for many of the films of Cecil B. de Mille and helped to create stars such as Mary Pickford and Rudolf Valentino.

Pronunciation

Paramount

/ˈparəmaʊnt/