[ em-uh-nuhns ]
/ 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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēminentia, equivalent to ēmin- (base of ēminēre to stand out; see eminent) + -entia -ence

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British Dictionary definitions for eminence (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /


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 for eminence

C17: from French, from Latin ēminentia a standing out; see eminent

British Dictionary definitions for eminence (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɛmɪnəns) /

noun plural -nences or -nencies

(preceded by Your or His) a title used to address or refer to a cardinal

Medical definitions for eminence

[ ĕmə-nəns ]


The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.