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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Jackson is front man for hard-rock band Zebra, which achieved its greatest prominence in the early 1980s. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Rib Fest; magic of David Blaine; art in Ferndale, Wyandotte," 5 July 2018 And his prominence in conservative politics is already generating ferocious counter-attacks from the, er, less inhibited precincts of the right-wing media, viz. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Powerful House Republican Implicated in College Sex Abuse Scandal," 3 July 2018 Partly as a result of her newfound prominence, Rose was appointed to lead a committee to evaluate the status and treatment of women in the field of history. Harrison Smith,, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 27 June 2018 Partly as a result of her newfound prominence, Dr. Rose was appointed to lead a committee charged with evaluating the status and treatment of women in the field of history. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 26 June 2018 China, by contrast, is investing heavily in its space program, seeing it as a symbol of its growing prominence. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 This special report will examine how Gulf monarchies achieved all this, and the consequences of their new prominence. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 But given their prominence in art, researchers assumed the animals must once have swung through the treetops of central China. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Vanished ape found in ancient Chinese tomb, giving clues to its disappearance," 21 June 2018 Cheeks that hadn't existed moments before suddenly sprang to life; even my boyfriend, who was sitting across the room, commented on their newfound prominence. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "How to Layer Your Highlighter For a Multidimensional Glow," 30 May 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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