What does eminent mean?

Definitions for eminent
ˈɛm ə nəntem·i·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eminent, highadjective

    standing above others in quality or position

    "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community"

  2. eminent, lofty, soaring, toweringadjective

    of imposing height; especially standing out above others

    "an eminent peak"; "lofty mountains"; "the soaring spires of the cathedral"; "towering icebergs"


  1. eminentadjective

    high, lofty; towering; prominent.

  2. eminentadjective

    noteworthy, remarkable, great

    His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.

  3. eminentadjective

    of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy

    In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.

  4. Etymology: From present participle eminens, eminentis, from verb, from + mineo, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mano.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EMINENTadjective

    Etymology: eminens, Latin.

    Thou hast built unto thee an eminent place. Ezek. xvi. 24.

    Rome for your sake shall push her conquests on,
    And bring new titles home from nations won,
    To dignify so eminent a son. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. 8.

    Satan, in gesture proudly eminent,
    Stood like a tow’r. John Milton.

    She is eminent for a sincere piety in the practice of religion. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 21.


  1. eminent

    Eminent refers to a person or thing that is famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession. It can also refer to something prominent or conspicuous, or something standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted. It is often used to describe individuals who are distinguished or superior in their field, such as eminent scientists, writers, or artists.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eminentadjective

    high; lofty; towering; prominent

  2. Eminentadjective

    being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous; as, an eminent station; an eminent historian, statements, statesman, or saint

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eminent

    em′i-nent, adj. rising above others: conspicuous: distinguished: exalted in rank or office.—ns. Em′inence, Em′inency, a part eminent or rising above the rest: a rising ground: height: distinction: a title of honour: homage: a title given in 1631 to cardinals, till then styled Most Illustrious.—adj. Eminen′tial.—adv. Em′inently.—Eminent domain (dominium eminens), the right by which the supreme authority in a state may compel a proprietor to part with what is his own for the public use. [L. eminens, -entis, pr.p. of eminēree, out, minēre, to project.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eminent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eminent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of eminent in a Sentence

  1. William Sullivan:

    I am committed to making the State Department the pre-eminent force to protect American values and promote American values in the world.

  2. Bret Stephens:

    Good journalism, like good science, should follow evidence, not narratives. It should pay as much heed to intelligent gadflies as it does to eminent authorities. And it should never treat honest disagreement as moral heresy, anyone wondering why so many people have become so hostile to the pronouncements of public-health officials and science journalists should draw the appropriate conclusion from this story. When lecturing the public about the dangers of misinformation, it’s best not to peddle it yourself.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Do you see the negative ads now, all phony ads, those ads are paid for by lobbyists … those ads, they have them on eminent domain, all sorts of stuff.

  4. Jose Maria Peman, Spanish writer, El Divino Impaciente:

    The most eminent virtue is doing simply what we have to do.

  5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.

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