prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈprä-mə-nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio) , ˈpräm-nənt \

Definition of prominent

1 : standing out or projecting beyond a surface or line : protuberant
2a : readily noticeable : conspicuous
b : widely and popularly known : leading

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prominently adverb

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

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… and a small precise mouth he kept pursed over teeth a shade too prominent and yellow. — John Updike, The Afterlife, 1994 When the easy way out seemed to be for a number of prominent men to support a petition to get Davis a pardon, which, if granted, would get the President and others off the hook, Davis was determined to let them hang there. — Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back, 1980 His eyes, which tended to bulge when he was exercised, were not quite prominent. — E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, 1974 I don't mind his calling me raw. He is reckoned raw himself and at the same time perhaps the most prominent of the younger poets here. — Robert Frost, letter, c. 16 June 1913 He quickly became prominent in the music industry. He placed the award in a prominent position on his desk. He has a prominent nose. the most prominent peak in the mountain range
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Recent Examples on the Web The debate around fasting versus fueling is a contentious one, with some prominent figures citing a less food-focused lifestyle as beneficial to their productivity. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Mark Wahlberg Debates With Dr. Oz Over Whether to Eat Breakfast or Not," 22 Jan. 2020 Around the same time, Mordecai Sheftall, a prominent figure in the Savannah Jewish community and officer in the Continental Army, was also captured by the British, along with his son. Fox News, "Newly-discovered documents reveal patriot pastor's tragic tale, Revolutionary War Jewish persecution," 17 Jan. 2020 So far, this primary is just one prominent Democratic rising star figure crashing and burning after another, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro. Nr Staff, National Review, "The ’90s Flashback Episode," 17 Jan. 2020 Several politicians, including the speaker of the House, had called for Alvim’s immediate ouster while some prominent figures close to Bolsonaro questioned his sanity. Ernesto Londoño,, "Brazil’s top culture official sacked over speech evoking Nazi propaganda," 17 Jan. 2020 Schiff has been a prominent figure in Trump's impeachment as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "What is an impeachment manager and what do they do?," 14 Jan. 2020 Cate Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly, who became a prominent conservative figure in the 1970s, and who made her name by opposing such feminist goals as ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. oregonlive, "TV in 2020 Highlights: Get ready for even more streaming services, plus 13 shows to check out," 10 Jan. 2020 But the pushback can be debilitating, even for such prominent, popular figures. Hasit Shah, Quartz, "The UK’s first black royal has already walked away," 9 Jan. 2020 The senior from Washington is already a prominent figure on social media, with 324,000 followers on Instagram and 12,700 followers on Twitter. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Thanks to social media, college commitment announcements are now a chance to go viral," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of prominent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prominent

Middle English promynent, from Latin prominent-, prominens, from present participle of prominēre to jut forward, from pro- forward + -minēre (akin to mont-, mons mountain) — more at mount

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“Prominent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prominent

: important and well-known
: easily noticed or seen
: sticking out in a way that is easily seen or noticed


prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈprä-mə-nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio) \

Kids Definition of prominent

1 : important or well-known prominent citizens
2 : attracting attention (as by size or position) : conspicuous Long hair covers her prominent ears.
3 : sticking out beyond the surface

Other Words from prominent

prominently adverb


prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈpräm-(ə-)nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio) \

Medical Definition of prominent

: standing out or projecting beyond a surface

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