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 That was both notable science and a chance for Google to show prominence in a contest among big tech companies, including IBM and Microsoft, to deliver the wild new power promised by quantum computing. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Alphabet Has a Second, Secretive Quantum Computing Team," 31 Jan. 2020 Historically, lack of certified coaching, limited youth-league schedules, football’s prominence and the soccer’s concentration in the suburbs has stunted Alabama’s ability to develop truly elite players. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Game changer: Alabama-grown soccer player breaks through for USMNT," 30 Jan. 2020 Many scientists have pointed out that misleading research and evidence, raised to new prominence under the Trump administration, has led to environmental and health policies that endanger the public. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, "Will Elizabeth Warren’s Stance against “Junk Science” Matter to Voters?," 29 Jan. 2020 And that role will take on even more prominence this week, as senators begin questioning lawyers for the two sides amid a heated debate over witnesses brought to a boil by , Trump’s former national security advisor. Los Angeles Times, "How Lindsey Graham and the Republicans learned it’s Trump’s GOP now," 28 Jan. 2020 The docuseries, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday evening at a screening attended by the former first lady, chronicles her early life, rise to national prominence and political career. NBC News, "Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during phone call, Sen. Kaine says in new Clinton film," 25 Jan. 2020 Social media has propelled this generation of black stylists more swiftly to prominence than their pioneering predecessors such as Kithe Brewster, Lysa Cooper, Misa Hylton and Wouri Vice. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "The Rise of Black Stylists Behind the Grammys," 22 Jan. 2020 Another Democrat who came to prominence during the impeachment hearings is U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York congressman who is chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Tim Darnell, ajc, "4 of 7 House impeachment managers come from New York, California," 15 Jan. 2020 The 31-year-old Irishman shot to prominence due to his unique combination of explosive fighting ability and extremely direct candor. Ben Morse, CNN, "The life and times of Conor McGregor -- how social media changed UFC fighter," 17 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Prominence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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