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Overview

This page has 5 definitions of paramount in English. Paramount is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use paramount in a sentence are shown. Also define these 27 related words and terms: high, supreme, chief, leading, pre-eminent, utmost, paravail, importance, crucial, imperative, law, right, precedence, superior, African, status, region, ruler, overlord, feudal, system, landowner, derive, ownership, land, grant, and fee.

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English

Etymology

PIE word
*h₂éd

From Anglo-Norman paramont, paramount (paramount, pre-eminent; above), from Old French par, per (by) + amont, amunt (upward).[1] Par is derived from Latin per (by means of, through), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to go through; to carry forth, fare);[2] amont and amunt are from Latin ad montem (to the mountain; upward), from ad (up to) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éd (at; to)) + montem (the accusative singular of mōns (mount, mountain), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *men- (to stand out, tower)).[3]

Pronunciation

Adjective

paramount (not comparable)

  1. (often postpositive) Highest, supreme; also, chief, leading, pre-eminent.
    Synonym: utmost
    Antonym: paravail
    • Pre-Eminent definition
      Alternative spelling of preeminent
    • Paravail definition
      At the bottom; lowest (said of feudal tenants)
  2. Of the highest importance.
    Synonyms: crucial, imperative; see also Thesaurus:important
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:insignificant
    Getting those credit cards paid off is paramount.
  3. (obsolete) Of a law, right, etc.: having precedence over or superior to another.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:superior

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Translations

Noun

paramount (plural paramounts)

  1. A chief or superior; (specifically, chiefly South Africa) an African chief having the highest status in a region; a paramount chief.
  2. (obsolete) A supreme ruler; an overlord; (specifically, historical) in the feudal system, a landowner who did not derive ownership of the land from anyone else, and who was able to grant fees to others; a lord paramount.
    • Feudal definition
      Of, or relating to feudalism.
    • Landowner definition
      A person who owns land.

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References

  1. ^ paramount, adj., n., and adv.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “paramount1, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. ^ Compare “per, prep.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “per, prep.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  3. ^ Compare “amount, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “amount, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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