Definition of eminence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈemɪnəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemɪnəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the quality of being famous and respected, especially in a profession a man of political eminence Few could have predicted that she would reach eminence as a surgeon.
  2. 2 [countable] His/Your Eminence a title used in speaking to or about a cardinal (= a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church) Their Eminences will see you now.
  3. 3[countable] (old-fashioned or formal) an area of high ground a castle on an eminence overlooking the river
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin eminentia, from eminere ‘jut, project’.
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