What does the word eminent mean?

Usage examples for eminent

  1. But be these things true or false, certain it is that this family for a long time yielded a great number of eminent persons. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. In the loss of her, Gouldtown has lost one of its stays and guides; the world, an eminent woman, one of its greatest, because one of its best, and the church one of its most valiant soldiers. – Memoirs of Mrs. Rebecca Steward by T. G. Steward
  3. The very eminent surgeon into whose hands Daniel had luckily fallen did not press his questions very far when his patient told him that it would be for the welfare of many people that nothing further should be asked on the matter. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope