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[par-uh-mount] /ˈpær əˌmaʊnt/

chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent:
a point of paramount significance.
above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
a supreme ruler; overlord.
of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
(rare) a supreme ruler

1530s, from Anglo-French paramont, Old French paramont “above” (in place, order, degree), mid-14c., from Old French par “by,” from Latin per “through, for, by” (see per (prep.)) + amont “up,” from a mont “upward” (see amount (v.)). The whole from Latin per ad montem, literally “to the hill.”


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