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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According to the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff, that puts them on routes controlled by the Zetas — the cartel that rose to prominence in Mexico early in the decade for being particularly murderous. Dara Lind, Vox, "Border Patrol agents now have to ask everyone they catch if they’re part of the caravan," 2 Nov. 2018 Telltale Games rose to prominence in 2012 after its first Walking Dead season launched to critical acclaim. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game [Updated]," 21 Sep. 2018 Curtis Hill rising to prominence in GOP Hill is a rising star in Republican politics. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "4 women allege Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill touched them inappropriately at bar," 2 July 2018 This continuous, addictive format produced an unrelenting fixation on public figures and news makers, but none so much as the women gaining power and prominence in the 90s. Allison Yarrow, Time, "How the ’90s Tricked Women Into Thinking They’d Gained Gender Equality," 13 June 2018 Since coming to prominence in 1989 Tuleyev has served as the region's head of transport and communication as well as the Kemerovo railway system. Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland native supports ‘Silent Service’," 25 May 2018 Some students protested, saying the first lady, who had dropped out of college to marry and who had risen to prominence through the accomplishments of her husband, did not represent the type of career woman the college sought to educate. Anchorage Daily News, "Family: Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92," 18 Apr. 2018 Not every techie who was accused of or admitted to bad behavior quickly returns to a role of power and prominence. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Travis Kalanick's Return and the 'Bad Boys' Who Always Come Back," 21 Mar. 2018 In fact, Migos were somewhat the first success story of Atlanta, gaining prominence through the show's early traction to become the biggest hip-hop group of 2017. Matt Miller, Esquire, "The Music From Atlanta Season Two Is Already a Must-Listen," 20 Feb. 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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