1. High; lofty; towering; prominent. A very eminent promontory.
2. Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous; as, an eminent station; an eminent historian, statements, statesman, or saint. Right of eminent domain.
Synonym: Lofty, elevated, exalted, conspicuous, prominent, remarkable, distinguished, illustrious, famous, celebrated, renowned, well-known. See Distinguished.
Origin: L. Eminens, -entis, p. Pr. Of eminere to stand out, be prominent; e out – minere (in comp) to project; of uncertain origin: cf. F. Eminent. Cf. Menace.