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

Examples of prominent in a Sentence

… 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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Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, was also arrested. The Economist, "What Ivan Golunov’s ordeal reveals about Russia," 12 June 2019 Oscar, a successful rancher and produce exporter as well as a prominent local politician, became a widower and, two months later, remarried—to a woman twenty years his junior. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Devil Never Sleeps,” Reviewed: A Mexican Documentary Filmmaker’s Rare Classic About the Mysteries of a Death in the Family," 12 June 2019 The new report follows two prominent legal verdicts that determined the herbicide caused cancer in plaintiffs. Arman Azad, CNN, "Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says," 12 June 2019 Today, not only the Trump administration, but many of the prominent business leaders from the tech and finance world who back the charter school movement are also on the outs with progressive activists. NBC News, "Unchartered territory: 2020 Democrats back away from charter schools," 9 June 2019 The involvement of prominent leaders in the conversation, particularly Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, who believes only men should preach on Sundays, has been noteworthy., "Southern Baptists discuss whether one woman can preach," 9 June 2019 But his emergence as the mutant superteam's guide made him the one largely responsible for its prominent place in pop culture and comics history. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Comic Creator on Pitching James Cameron and the 4-Page Memo That Made 'X-Men'," 8 June 2019 Protesters, lining the Capitol’s central staircase, tossed down fake $100 bills printed with the faces of Mr. Cuomo and several prominent real estate industry leaders. New York Times, "Rent Laws: Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Debate Escalates," 4 June 2019 Many, including King’s family members and prominent civil rights leaders, don’t believe James Earl Ray was responsible, with some pointing to a long campaign waged against King by the FBI. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 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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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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to take the place or position of

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