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eminent adj
1 (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation; "our distinguished professor"; "an eminent scholar"; "a great statesman" [syn: distinguished, great]
2 standing above others in quality or position; "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community" [syn: high]
3 having achieved eminence; "an eminent physician"
4 of imposing height; especially standing out above others; "an eminent peak"; "lofty mountains"; "the soaring spires of the cathedral"; "towering iceburgs" [syn: lofty, soaring, towering]

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From the present participle stem of Latin eminere ‘project’, from ex- + minere.


  • /'ɛmɪnənt/


  1. high, lofty; towering; prominent.
  2. noteworthy. remarkable, great
    His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
  3. of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy
    In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.

Usage notes

Sometimes used by confusion with imminent.

Related terms


remarkable, great
of a person: distinguished, noteworthy

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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