para mount

paramount

[par-uh-mount]
adjective
1.
chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
2.
above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
noun
3.
a supreme ruler; overlord.

Origin:
1525–35; < Anglo-French paramont above, equivalent to par per- + a mont < Latin ad montem to the mountain, hence, in Old French: upward, above; see ad-, mount2

paramountcy, noun
paramountly, adverb
superparamount, adjective

paramount, tantamount, ultimately.


1. See dominant.


1. unimportant.
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Paramount

[par-uh-mount]
noun
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
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paramount (ˈpærəˌmaʊnt)
 
adj
1.  of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
 
n
2.  rare a supreme ruler
 
[C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain]
 
'paramountcy
 
n
 
'paramountly
 
adv

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paramount
1531, from Anglo-Fr. paramont "above" (in place, order, degree), 1339, from O.Fr. par "by" + amont "up," from a mont "upward." The whole from L. per ad montem, lit. "to the hill."
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