Definition of eminent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈemənənt/


1(Of a person) famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession: one of the world’s most eminent statisticians
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  • 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.
illustrious, distinguished, renowned, esteemed, preeminent, notable, noteworthy, great, prestigious, important, influential, affluential, outstanding, noted, of note;
famous, celebrated, prominent, well known, lionized, acclaimed, exalted, revered, august, venerable
1.1 [attributive] Used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality: the guitar’s eminent suitability for recording studio work
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  • 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;
total, complete, utter, absolute, thorough, perfect, downright, sheer


A trio of frequently confused words is eminent, imminent, and immanent. Eminent means ‘outstanding, famous’: the book was written by an eminent authority on folk art. Imminent means ‘about to happen’: people brushed aside the possibility that war was imminent. Immanent, often used in religious or philosophical contexts, means ‘inherent’: he believed in the immanent unity of nature taught by the Hindus.


Late Middle English: from Latin eminent- 'jutting, projecting', from the verb eminere.

  • Eminent ‘outstanding’ and eminence (Middle English) go back to Latin eminere ‘jut, project’. The French expression éminence grise, literally ‘grey eminence’ for someone who has power without an official position, has been used in English since the 1930s. The term was originally used in French of His Eminence the Cardinal Richelieu's grey-cloaked private secretary, Père Joseph (1577–1638). The Latin eminere is also found in pre-eminent (Late Middle English) and prominent (Late Middle English).

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Syllabification: em·i·nent

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