prom·​i·​nence | \ ˈprä-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce prominence (audio) , ˈpräm-nən(t)s \

Definition of prominence

1 : something prominent : projection a rocky prominence
2 : the quality, state, or fact of being prominent or conspicuous
3 : a mass of gas resembling a cloud that arises from the chromosphere of the sun

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Examples of prominence in a Sentence

The company rose to prominence in the 1990s. The publicity has given him a prominence he doesn't deserve.
Recent Examples on the Web It should be noted that Whittingham does not sound like a guy ready to step away, not with his program growing in prominence as a Pac-12 contender. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s football program is entering its 10th year in the Pac-12. The Utes have proved a good fit.," 17 Oct. 2020 In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis in May, the Black Lives Matter movement grew in prominence in the UK. Matias Grez, Aleks Klosok And Darren Lewis, CNN, "'Little is being done': One year on from Bulgaria, football's fight against racism and discrimination is only just beginning," 14 Oct. 2020 Right-to-farm laws started to grow in prominence around the nation in the 1970s and 1980s, and Indiana’s was enacted in 1981. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "U.S. Supreme Court rejects petition challenging Indiana's Right to Farm law," 7 Oct. 2020 Their prominence is a sign that in Chile, where disillusion with the political class was behind a huge wave of protests a year ago, mayors are less discredited than parliamentarians or ministers. The Economist, "Bello The growing importance of Latin America’s mayors," 3 Oct. 2020 Sneaker culture has grown in prominence in recent years as young shoppers seek out rare shoe models online and pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to collect them. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "Sneaker Platform Goat Group Raises $100 Million to Fund Expansion Plans," 23 Sep. 2020 Although her prominence in Orlando goes back a century and more, Mary Augusta Safford remains one of the most influential women ever to call Central Florida home. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Leading battle for women’s votes put Orlando’s Safford in political spotlight," 30 Aug. 2020 It’s one of about two dozen around the U.S. and was given high marks for government leadership because of its prominence within the city structure. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Dallas needs affordable immigrant housing but gets other things right, study says," 19 Aug. 2020 His modern prominence is tied to a number of books and documentaries critical of the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. oregonlive, "The conservative mega-conference that never was: D’Souza, Posobiec event in rural Oregon canceled," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of prominence

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of prominence was in 1533

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21 Oct 2020

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“Prominence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prominence

: the state of being important, well-known, or noticeable : the state of being prominent


prom·​i·​nence | \ ˈprä-mə-nəns How to pronounce prominence (audio) \

Kids Definition of prominence

1 : the state of being important, famous, or noticeable She is a doctor of prominence.
2 : something (as a mountain) that is conspicuous


prom·​i·​nence | \ ˈpräm(-ə)-nən(t)s How to pronounce prominence (audio) \

Medical Definition of prominence

: an elevation or projection on an anatomical structure (as a bone)

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