1. high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen.
  2. conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy: eminent fairness.
  3. lofty; high: eminent peaks.
  4. prominent; projecting; protruding: an eminent nose.


  1. above others in rank, merit, or reputation; distinguishedan eminent scientist
  2. (prenominal) noteworthy, conspicuous, or outstandingeminent good sense
  3. projecting or protruding; prominent

early 15c., from Middle French √©minent (13c.) or directly from Latin eminentem (nominative eminens), present participle of eminere “stand out, project,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + minere, related to mons “hill” (see mount (n.)). Related: Eminently. Legal eminent domain recorded from 1738.

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