from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of high rank, station, or quality; noteworthy: eminent members of the community.
- adj. Outstanding, as in character or performance; distinguished: an eminent historian. See Synonyms at noted.
- adj. Towering or standing out above others; prominent: an eminent peak.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. high, lofty; towering; prominent.
- adj. noteworthy, remarkable, great
- adj. of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. High; lofty; towering; prominent.
- adj. Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Prominent; standing out above other things; high; lofty.
- High in rank, office, worth, or public estimation; conspicuous; highly distinguished: said of a person or of his position: as, an eminent station; an eminent historian or poet. It is rarely used in a bad sense.
- Conspicuous; such as to attract attention; manifest: as, the judge's charge was characterized by eminent fairness; an eminent example of the uncertainty of circumstantial evidence.
- Supreme; controlling; unrestrained by higher right or authority: chiefly in the phrase eminent domain (which see, under domain).
- In mineralogy, highly perfect: said of cleavage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others
- adj. standing above others in quality or position
Middle English, from Latin ēminēns, ēminent-, present participle of ēminēre, to stand out : ē-, ex-, ex- + -minēre, to jut out; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin present participle eminens, eminentis, from verb ēmineō ("I project, I protrude"), from ex- ("out of, from") + mineō, related to mons (English mount). Compare with imminent. Unrelated to emanate, which is instead from mānō ("I flow"). (Wiktionary)