From Middle French éminent, from Latin present participle eminens, eminentis, 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”).
- (archaic) high, lofty; towering; prominent.
- noteworthy, remarkable, great
- His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
- (of a person) distinguished, important, noteworthy
- In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.
- 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.
- eminent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “eminent”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- eminent at OneLook Dictionary Search