1. Of chief concern or importance: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union" (Abraham Lincoln).
2. Highest in rank, power, or authority: the paramount leader of the nation.
One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.
[Anglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see AMOUNT.]
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