prom·​i·​nence | \ ˈprä-mə-nən(t)s , 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for prominence


altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, highland, hill, hump, mound, rise, upland



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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.

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Martin rose to major prominence in the beauty world last year when he was revealed as the mastermind behind Meghan’s beautiful wedding day makeup look. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Might Be Hosting Another Close Friend at Kensington Palace This Week," 26 Jan. 2019 The Chinese version gave greater prominence to state media’s reporting on the event. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Bing Search-Engine Service Interrupted in China," 24 Jan. 2019 For many in Brazil, one of the world’s most unequal countries, Franco was a symbol of hope, in large part because such prominence for a black woman from a poor neighborhood was rare. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 Just in the past year, Jacob feels like he's seen many more trans artists coming to prominence, and audiences becoming much more supportive. Charlie Jane Anders, Teen Vogue, "7 Trans Performers Share the Challenges They Still Face and Their Hopes for the Future," 17 Dec. 2018 The Tampa Bay Times notes that Ana rose to prominence by speaking out on Miami Cuban radio shows, organizing political rallies, and working with a young Jeb Bush to help Nicaraguan immigrants stay in the U.S. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What to Know About 'The View' Co-Host Ana Navarro Before Watching the Show Again," 9 Nov. 2018 As HQ’s prominence has died down, disagreements between its founders and investors have started to increase. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink," 5 Nov. 2018 While he's gained some prominence as a never-Trump conservative, the arguments in his book are evenhanded at distributing blame. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 The quiet Italian island in the Gulf of Naples played a prominent role in the second of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, and though fans of the series wouldn't try to recreate those scenes, Ischia rose to new prominence regardless. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of prominence

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of prominence

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

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