Anyone highly regarded or prominent is eminent. Eminent people are very successful at their jobs. If you’ve heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson, it’s probably because he’s an eminent astrophysicist.

Every field has eminent — impressive, famous, or accomplished — people. Two of the most eminent coaches in the history of professional basketball are Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson because they've won the most championships. Beethoven was an eminent musician. Frank Lloyd Wright was an eminent architect. Eminent people loom over a field because they're influential and you can't avoid hearing about them. It's not easy to be eminent because you have to be extremely successful.

Definitions of eminent
  1. adjective
    standing above others in quality or position
    eminent members of the community”
    synonyms: high
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
  2. adjective
    (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation
    synonyms: distinguished
    important, of import
    of great significance or value
  3. adjective
    having an illustrious reputation; respected
    synonyms: esteemed, honored, prestigious
    having a good reputation
  4. adjective
    of imposing height; especially standing out above others
    “an eminent peak”
    synonyms: lofty, soaring, towering
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
Commonly confused words

eminent / imminent / immanent

No, it's not the name of the latest rapper from Detroit, but it could describe one — eminent describes anyone who's famous. Imminent refers to something about to happen. And anything immanent (with an "a" in there) is inherent, like that good attitude you were born with.

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