Definition of preeminent in English:



  • Surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way.

    ‘the world's preeminent expert on asbestos’
    • ‘One of the pre-eminent landscape architects of her day, Gertrude Jekyll, did the landscaping side of the work.’
    • ‘He's the world's pre-eminent expert on psychopathy and a regular advisor to the FBI.’
    • ‘Since the 18th century, the Orange Order has been the pre-eminent social and political forum for Protestants.’
    • ‘I questioned a prominent economist from one of the country's pre-eminent economic institutions.’
    • ‘The Taj Mahal, in spite of its pre-eminent position in our heritage hierarchy, has not escaped this fate either.’
    • ‘We asked William Diamond, pre-eminent expert in international taxation, for his picks.’
    • ‘But the survey revealed that the Mosque is losing its pre-eminent position as a great learning center.’
    • ‘Yet the long history of the Bank and its pre-eminent position in the City of London meant that its views had an authority and weight belied by the legal position.’
    • ‘Latterly, he became the pre-eminent expert on Egyptian inscriptions.’
    • ‘Robert Parker, the pre-eminent American, falls into this group of experts.’
    • ‘The two pre-eminent experts at giving directions are my flatmate Mike and my father.’
    • ‘Scott Joplin is regarded as the pre-eminent composer of ragtime compositions.’
    • ‘It enjoyed a pre-eminent importance within the context of the federal building program in Dawson.’
    • ‘Robert Blatchford, a former North Yorkshire policeman, is now one of the region's pre-eminent genealogists.’
    • ‘Next year the Times Literary Supplement, the pre-eminent British literary periodical, is 100 years old.’
    • ‘Margery Allingham is pre-eminent among the writers who brought the detective story to maturity in the decades between the two world wars.’
    greatest, leading, foremost, best, finest, chief, outstanding, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, major, star, top, top-tier, topmost, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, towering, supreme, superior, exceptional, unrivalled, unsurpassed, unequalled, inimitable, incomparable, matchless, peerless, unmatched, arch-, transcendent
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Late Middle English: from Latin praeeminent- ‘towering above, excelling’, from the verb praeeminere, from prae ‘before’ + eminere ‘stand out’.