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 Ozy, which launched in 2013 was led by former MSNBC host Carlos Watson and rose to prominence in part because of its backing from Laurene Powell Jobs, a prominent investor and the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 Mohib Ullah, 46, was a renowned advocate for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority and rose to prominence as a community leader among his fellow refugees in Bangladesh. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 There’s some evidence that the Delta variant has reduced its effectiveness, although a study sponsored by J&J showed that a single jab reduced the risk of COVID-19 by 79% without any decline as the Delta variant rose to prominence. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Sequoya Group’s content production arm, Sequoya Studios, leapt to prominence in April 2020 when appointing James Costos, a former HBO executive and U.S. ambassador to Spain, to preside the company, based out of Los Angeles. John Hopewell, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 Nolan joined the network four years ago to much fanfare after rising to prominence by mixing sports and comedy on Fox Sports and FS1 television. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Anna Rawson, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s as both a model and a golfer, moved effortlessly between the sports crowd and the fashion contingent. Ian Malone, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 Father Jealous Divine, a controversial yet magnetic leader from the South who rose from poverty to prominence, relocated to New York in the early 1900s and had progressive ideologies for the time period. Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 He was temporarily removed from the primary running back rotation after losing two fumbles in the 2019 opener versus Toledo but returned to prominence later that season with three performances of at least 80 rushing yards in the final five games. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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“Prominence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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