AskDefine | Define paramount

Dictionary Definition

paramount adj : having superior power and influence; "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism" [syn: overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of greatest importance
    Getting those credit cards paid off is paramount.
  2. Having the highest rank or authority
  3. Having the greatest influence



Of greatest importance
Having the highest rank or authority
Having the greatest influence

Extensive Definition

Paramount can refer to several entities:


Motion picture production and home video companies

Television networks and national television channels

  • United Paramount Network (UPN): a defunct American television network (originally owned by Chris-Craft Industries and Viacom, then owned solely by Viacom, and owned by CBS Corporation for its last few months of operation)
  • Paramount Parks, a defunct chain of theme parks (owned by Viacom from 1994-2005, then CBS Corporation until being sold to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company)
  • Paramount Communications, company known as Gulf and Western Industries until 1989, purchased by Viacom in 1994
  • Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2, television channels in the UK (owned by Viacom)
  • Paramount Comedy (Spain), a television channel in Spain (owned by Viacom)

Record labels


Other uses

paramount in German: Paramount
paramount in French: Paramount (homonymie)
paramount in Dutch: Paramount
paramount in Japanese: パラマウント

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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