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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Anti-seizure drugs that can calm muscle movements are also gaining prominence in RLS treatment. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 The Bauhaus school was founded in Weimar in 1919 and gained prominence for its non-traditional approach: students were often left to their own devices, with a focus on hands-on workshops and self-expression. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Ever since Raf Simons took over at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, he's been pushing western flair as part of his Americana vision, and the style has gained prominence in major and indie collections alike, from Isabel Marant to Ganni. Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Teen Vogue, "How to Nail the Western Fashion Trend Without Channeling Woody from Toy Story," 14 Dec. 2018 In 2013, the 21-year-old first rose to prominence as the plaintiff in Maine's Supreme Court case Doe v. Clenchy, concerning transgender bathroom rights, after Maines' parents sued her school for denying her the right to use the women's restroom. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Nicole Maines Is the Superhero Television Needs Right Now," 17 Oct. 2018 Dobson rose to prominence as a proponent of conservative social positions and relatively strict child-rearing practices. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 Redfield, 66, rose to prominence as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic. Washington Post, "Health official who urged abstinence says views have changed," 29 June 2018 Focused on commercial and home installation, SolarCity soon rose to prominence as one of the biggest solar installers in California. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Layoffs Likely Hitting Solar Panel Divisions, Internal Documents Show," 22 June 2018 Bourdain was born in New York and raised in New Jersey, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and rose to nationwide prominence as executive chef at New York's Brasserie Les Halles. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Anthony Bourdain's death: There were no narcotics in his system at time of death, report says," 22 June 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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