- Surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way: the world’s pre-eminent expert on asbestosMore example sentences
greatest, leading, foremost, best, finest, chief, outstanding, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, major, star, top, top-tier, topmost, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, towering, supreme, superior, exceptional, unrivalled, unsurpassed, unequalled, inimitable, incomparable, matchless, peerless, unmatched, arch-, transcendent; North American marquee• rare supereminent
- We asked William Diamond, pre-eminent expert in international taxation, for his picks.
- The Taj Mahal, in spite of its pre-eminent position in our heritage hierarchy, has not escaped this fate either.
- He's the world's pre-eminent expert on psychopathy and a regular advisor to the FBI.
late Middle English: from Latin praeeminent- 'towering above, excelling', from the verb praeeminere, from prae 'before' + eminere 'stand out'.