Definition of pre-eminence in English:

pre-eminence

noun

  • [mass noun] The fact of surpassing all others; superiority.

    ‘the Edinburgh Festival maintains its pre-eminence because of the quality of its programming’
    • ‘The big supermarket chains claim that they have achieved their pre-eminence in Britain by providing people with what they want.’
    • ‘Proponents say a package of tax breaks and research grants will help attract scientists and new companies to the state, preserving its preeminence in the field.’
    • ‘He scored eight of Brazil's 18 goals to reassert his global pre-eminence on the most celebrated stage of all.’
    • ‘But he came comparatively late to the profession where he attained such pre-eminence.’
    • ‘The double standard may be disputed by a few of these individuals, but not the preeminence of physical appeal.’
    • ‘He came to understand if he pushed himself hard enough, he could eventually exert his physical preeminence.’
    • ‘The county owed its distinctiveness and pre-eminence largely to one man, St Cuthbert.’
    • ‘He alone has the pre-eminence.’
    • ‘Even today, in the modern world, India retains its position of pre-eminence in spiritual leadership.’
    • ‘The city ought to try to regain its preeminence in retailing by letting the big boxes in.’
    • ‘Defense officials and pundits alike have elevated this concept to preeminence in the discourse on future military structure.’
    • ‘The pre-eminence of gold was helped by the discovery of gold in California, Canada, Alaska, Australia, and South Africa in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘It is a local pre-eminence that has been achieved with a style of football that won as many plaudits as points.’
    • ‘Even more remarkable is the size of the American military preeminence.’
    • ‘Still, broadcasters aren't ready to cede long-form pre-eminence to cable just yet.’
    • ‘The close of the twentieth century probably heralded the end of gold's lustrous pre-eminence.’
    • ‘It flourished until the last quarter of the 18th century, when neoclassicism gained preeminence in Latin America.’
    • ‘In past single-party eras, the majority party earned its preeminence with broad popular support.’
    • ‘Mach, like Ostwald, also denied the pre-eminence of mechanical explanation.’
    • ‘By 1860, Virginia's former preeminence in coal production had vanished.’
    superiority, supremacy, greatness, excellence, distinction, prominence, predominance, eminence, peerlessness, transcendence, importance, prestige, stature, fame, renown, celebrity
    supereminence
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Pronunciation:

pre-eminence

/priːˈɛmɪnəns/