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.

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.
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eminence (ˈɛmɪnəns)
1.  a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame
2.  a high or raised piece of ground
3.  anatomy a projection of an organ or part
[C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent]

Eminence or Eminency (ˈɛmɪnəns)
n (preceded by Your or His) , pl -nences, -nencies
a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
Eminency or Eminency

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1620s, from Fr. eminence, from L. eminentia, from eminens "excellent, prominent" (see eminent). As a title of honor (now only of cardinals) it is attested from 1650s. The original Éminence grise (Fr., lit. "gray eminence") was François Leclerc du Trembley (1577-1638),
confidential agent of Richelieu.
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eminence em·i·nence (ěm'ə-nəns)
The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.

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Example sentences
Your eminence, the planet is in grave danger.
There's nothing wrong with eminence grise, my dear.
He got to this eminence through a 20-year climb up from nowhere.
Despite its eminence and chic, Aspen is still a friendly town.
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