Definition of pre-eminent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpriː ˈemɪnənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriː ˈemɪnənt//
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more important, more successful or of a higher standard than others synonym outstanding a pre-eminent example of the artist’s work Dickens was pre-eminent among English writers of his day. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin praeeminent- ‘towering above, excelling’, from the verb praeeminere, from prae ‘before’ + eminere ‘stand out’.