pre-eminent ADJECTIVE surpassing all others.
DERIVATIVES pre-eminence noun pre-eminently adverb.

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  • pre-eminent — pre em|i|nent preeminent [priˈemınənt] adj much more important, more powerful, or better than any others of its kind ▪ his pre eminent position in society >pre eminently adv >pre eminence n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pre-eminent — (adj.) also preeminent, early 15c., from L. praeeminentem, prp. of praeeminare to project forward, rise above (see PRE EMINENCE (Cf. pre eminence)). Related: Pre eminently; preeminently …   Etymology dictionary

  • pre-eminent — ADJ GRADED If someone or something is pre eminent in a group, they are more important, powerful, or capable than other people or things in the group. [FORMAL] ...his fifty years as the pre eminent political figure in the country... For a decade X …   English dictionary

  • pre-eminent — adj. Pre eminent is used with these nouns: ↑position …   Collocations dictionary

  • ˌpre-ˈeminent — adj best at a particular activity Spain s pre eminent guitarist[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • pre-eminent — adj. 1 excelling others. 2 outstanding; distinguished in some quality. Derivatives: pre eminence n. pre eminently adv. Etymology: ME f. L praeeminens (as PRAE , EMINENT) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-eminent — /pri ˈɛmənənt / (say pree emuhnuhnt) adjective eminent before or above others; superior to or surpassing others; distinguished beyond others. {Middle English, from Latin praeēminens, present participle, standing out, rising above} –pre eminently …  

  • pre-eminent — adjective surpassing all others. Derivatives pre eminence noun pre eminently adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • pre-eminent — adjective much more important, more powerful, or much better than any others of its kind: Hollywood s preeminent role in the film industry pre eminently adverb pre eminence noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pre-eminent — UK / US adjective better or more important than anyone or anything else in a particular activity Derived words: pre eminence noun uncountable pre eminently adverb …   English dictionary

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