eminent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French éminent, from Latin present participle ēminēns, ēminentis, from verb ēmineō (I project, I protrude), from ex- (out of, from) + mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mānō (I flow).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛmɪnənt/
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Adjective[edit]

eminent (comparative more eminent, superlative most eminent)

  1. (archaic) High, lofty.
    Synonyms: towering, prominent; see also Thesaurus:tall
  2. Noteworthy, remarkable, great.
    Synonyms: remarkable, outstanding; see also Thesaurus:notable
    His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
  3. (of a person) Distinguished, important, noteworthy.
    Synonyms: distinguished, noteworthy; see also Thesaurus:notable
    In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.
    • 2018 February 28, Justine Jordan, “Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday review – a dizzying debut”, in The Guardian[1]:
      “So. Miss Alice. Are you game?” The question is posed by an eminent novelist of about 70, who has sat on a Manhattan park bench and struck up conversation with a young woman reading a book.

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Eminent and imminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in some dialects, these may be confused. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Eminent may also be confused with immanent, immanant, or emanate.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French éminent, from Latin eminens.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [emiˈnɛnt]
  • Hyphenation: emi‧nent

Adjective[edit]

eminent (comparative eminenter, superlative am eminentesten)

  1. eminent

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ēminent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of ēmineō