1375-1425;late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latinēminent- (stem of ēminēns) outstanding (present participle of ēminēre to stick out, project), equivalent to ē-e-1 + min- (see imminent) + -ent--ent
early 15c., from Middle French éminent (13c.) or directly from Latin eminentem (nominative eminens), present participle of eminere "stand out, project," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + minere, related to mons "hill" (see mount (n.)). Related: Eminently. Legal eminent domain recorded from 1738.