Meaning of eminent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛmɪnənt/

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  • 1(of a person) famous and respected within a particular sphere.

    ‘one of the world's most eminent statisticians’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it is very prestigious, and is often awarded to eminent people in the sciences and arts.’
    • ‘Here are some excerpts from the opinions expressed by some eminent personalities.’
    • ‘These four participants will then be sent to Mumbai for training and will be groomed by eminent people in the film industry.’
    • ‘The chance to travel through time is something that has occupied the minds of many eminent people for generations.’
    • ‘Perhaps they keep quite quiet about the fact they advise me on a regular basis, but a lot of them are very eminent people in their own areas.’
    • ‘To find answers this programme gathered together a group of eminent people from a variety of backgrounds.’
    • ‘The acclaimed filmmaker has adapted several works of eminent writers.’
    • ‘Moreover, many eminent scientists do not believe this context to be important.’
    • ‘We do not accept or proclaim any view merely because it comes from an eminent personality.’
    • ‘A group of eminent scientists from around the world have voted Blade Runner the best science fiction movie of all time.’
    • ‘It was also patronised by eminent artists, musicians and intellectuals.’
    • ‘According to King's publicist, four eminent doctors were consulted.’
    • ‘I should like to thank this eminent scholar and friend for his valuable contribution to the debate on this issue.’
    • ‘Is it also a rather shrewd and pertinent analysis by one of Britain's most eminent leaders?’
    • ‘And it has won praise from some of this country's most eminent musicians.’
    • ‘He sent them a work of philosophy which, in the eyes of some eminent judges, was perfectly sensible and worthy of publication.’
    • ‘The award is conferred annually on eminent citizens of this textile city.’
    • ‘However eminent a Prime Minister may become, he is always subject to a higher personal authority.’
    • ‘He visited all the Balkan countries, meeting with eminent public figures.’
    • ‘An eminent futurologist predicted many years ago that humans would eventually evolve without legs as we would have no use for them.’
    • ‘It was a grand dinner attended by hundreds of Scotland's most eminent legal figures.’
    illustrious, distinguished, renowned, esteemed, pre-eminent, notable, noteworthy, great, prestigious, important, significant, influential, outstanding, noted, of note
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  • 2attributive (of a positive quality) present to a notable degree.

    ‘the book's scholarship and eminent readability’
    • ‘The quality is eminent, but the case does have a fundamental flaw - the lack of cooling.’
    • ‘It does seem an eminent candidate for discreet burial, doesn't it?’
    obvious, clear, conspicuous, marked, singular, signal, outstanding
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Late Middle English from Latin eminent- ‘jutting, projecting’, from the verb eminere.