Eminent vs Flaunt - What's the difference?

eminent | flaunt |

As an adjective eminent

is eminent; distinguished; noteworthy.

As a verb flaunt is

(obsolete) to wave or flutter smartly in the wind.




(en adjective)
  • (archaic) high, lofty; towering; prominent.
  • noteworthy, remarkable, great
  • His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
  • of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy
  • In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.

    Usage notes

    * Eminent and imminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in some dialects, these may be confused. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Eminent may also be confused with immanent, immanant, or emanate.

    Derived terms

    * eminence * eminently * preeminent



    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
  • To parade, display with ostentation.
  • She's always flaunting her designer clothes.
  • (intransitive, archaic, or, literary) To show off, as with flashy clothing.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • You flaunt about the streets in your new gilt chariot.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade.
  • * 1856 , ,
  • [T]he younger belles had begun to flaunt in the French fashions of flimsy muslins, shortwaisted— narrow-skirted.
  • * 1897 , ,
  • … and Mrs. Wix seemed to flaunt there in her finery.

    Usage notes

    * Do not confuse with flout.