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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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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Today’s working witches, whose prominence is growing thanks to social media, primarily see themselves as healers. Deborah Netburn,, "The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self," 11 June 2019 The headlines brought South America's fiercest rivalry back to prominence at a global level and the second leg, postponed after the attack, was eventually played in Spain to avoid more trouble., "The 9 Monster Matches We're Most Looking Forward to Next Season," 4 June 2019 When Napster shut down in 2001, peer-to-peer services like Limewire came into prominence, but contained so much malware that a meme persists about its pitfalls to this day. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "iTunes Is Dead. Let's Pay Our Respects," 3 June 2019 Sachs, an artist who rose to prominence for his sculptures and often partners with Nike, is known for his transparent approach to his work—every element of his process is on display in the product, which is never quite finished. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "See How Frank Ocean Put His Own Spin on an Unconventional Pair of Sneakers," 20 Dec. 2018 Though Fosse rose to public prominence as a choreographer, Verdon frequently served as a conduit between him and their casts, teaching the dancers their moves. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 Proust has prominence among the literary lights at Mr. Callais's stall. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "The Storied Bookstalls of Paris Fight for Survival," 14 Sep. 2018 Bud and Bud Light have been longtime staples at Wrigley Field, but have newfound prominence on the other side of town. Josh Noel,, "White Sox, Budweiser make marketing deal official," 15 June 2018 Hybrid warfare such as cyberattacks and propaganda now have far greater prominence. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Sweden plans to build more bunkers amid fears of Russian aggression," 6 Mar. 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 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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