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[em-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɛm ə nəns/
high station, rank, or repute:
philosophers of eminence.
a high place or part; a hill or elevation; height.
(initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor, applied to cardinals (usually preceded by His or Your).
Anatomy. an elevation or projection, especially on a bone.
Origin of eminence
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēminentia, equivalent to ēmin- (base of ēminēre to stand out; see eminent) + -entia -ence
1. conspicuousness, note, fame. 2. prominence.
1. obscurity. Unabridged
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  • There were only three ways at Rome in which a man could rise to eminence and power.

  • They could not now descend from the eminence on which they stood.

  • It seemed to Julian that it was not by the will of the Emperor, but by the will of the gods, that he had reached this eminence.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • They ascended that eminence which is the pass into the Alpuxarras.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I like to see a man risen to eminence like you, having his heart in the right place.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for eminence


a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame
a high or raised piece of ground
(anatomy) a projection of an organ or part
Also called eminency
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent


noun (pl) -nences, -nencies
preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
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Word Origin and History for eminence

c.1400, "projection, protuberance;" early 15c., "high or exalted position," from Old French eminence or directly from Latin eminentia "prominence, eminence," from eminentem (nominative eminens) "excellent, prominent" (see eminent).

As a title of honor (now only of cardinals) it is attested from 1650s. The original Éminence grise (French, literally "gray eminence") was François Leclerc du Trembley (1577-1638), confidential agent of Richelieu.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eminence in Medicine

eminence em·i·nence (ěm'ə-nəns)
The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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