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Definition of pre-eminent in English:

adjective

Surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way: the world’s pre-eminent expert on asbestos
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin praeeminent- 'towering above, excelling', from the verb praeeminere, from prae 'before' + eminere 'stand out'.

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