Eminence



[em-uh-nuh ns] /ˈɛm ə nəns/

noun
1.
high station, rank, or repute:
philosophers of eminence.
2.
a high place or part; a hill or elevation; height.
3.
(initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor, applied to cardinals (usually preceded by His or Your).
4.
Anatomy. an elevation or projection, especially on a bone.
/ˈɛmɪnəns/
noun
1.
a position of superiority, distinction, high rank, or fame
2.
a high or raised piece of ground
3.
(anatomy) a projection of an organ or part
/ˈɛmɪnəns/
noun (pl) -nences, -nencies
1.
preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a cardinal
n.

c.1400, “projection, protuberance;” early 15c., “high or exalted position,” from Old French eminence or directly from Latin eminentia “prominence, eminence,” from eminentem (nominative eminens) “excellent, prominent” (see eminent).

As a title of honor (now only of cardinals) it is attested from 1650s. The original Éminence grise (French, literally “gray eminence”) was François Leclerc du Trembley (1577-1638), confidential agent of Richelieu.

eminence em·i·nence (ěm’ə-nəns)
n.
The projecting prominent part of an organ, especially a bone.

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