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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Her exit from the presidential race represents an abrupt setback in a political career defined, up to this point, by a steady rise to prominence since her first election to Congress in 2006. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Presidential Race," 28 Aug. 2019 Launched in Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood in 1984, Forever 21 rose to prominence a decade ago as a purveyor of fast-fashion trends for young women. Los Angeles Times, "Forever 21 is preparing for a potential bankruptcy filing, sources say," 28 Aug. 2019 With four incoming freshmen, two available grad transfers and a decent amount of returning talent, there are a lot of new pieces for Miller to incorporate, but Arizona should have enough talent to bring it back to prominence. Emily Caron,, "Josh Green's Play Will Be Key Factor for a Potential Arizona Bounce-Back Campaign," 27 Aug. 2019 Commercial space companies, such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, have risen to prominence. Samantha Masunaga,, "Could the Apollo 11 moon landing be duplicated today? ‘Lots of luck with that’," 14 July 2019 Unlike many of his fellow Parkland survivors — who rose to prominence after the shooting by advocating for stricter gun control legislation — Kashuv became an avid pro-gun activist. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Parkland survivor claims Harvard admission was rescinded over past racist remarks," 17 June 2019 Woods’ recent return to prominence after multiple surgeries, divorce and personal strife, occurred more than 20 years into his pro career. James Raia, The Mercury News, "Dreaming of a Koepka vs. Woods finale at Pebble Beach," 13 June 2019 Like Bum Phillips with the Oilers four decades ago, Childress consistently has the Aggies knocking on the door to prominence. Brent Zwerneman,, "A sport-by-sport checklist as Bjork settles in at A&M," 11 June 2019 Church invited a philosopher to work in his lab to flag bioethics issues in experiments, and for years has taught a research ethics course, which is unusual for someone of his prominence. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Citing ‘nerd tunnel vision,’ biologist George Church apologizes for contacts with Jeffrey Epstein," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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