prominent

adjective
prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈprä-mə-nənt, 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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Finding the balance, as both designers point out, is the key to any room, especially one where the technology is so prominent in a space. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Designers Reveal Why They Are Going Crazy Over Linear Fireplaces," 11 Dec. 2018 But at least one legal expert, Gary Weiss, a prominent Louisville trial attorney and U of L men's basketball season ticket holder, disagrees. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Lawyers differ on legality of Louisville fans' suit against the NCAA," 26 June 2018 Moraitis was a prominent supporter of Trump in 2016, even when he wasn’t embraced by other leading local Republicans. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Northeast Broward is major 2018 Democrat vs. Republican battleground," 23 June 2018 Funeral arrangements have been made for a prominent Cartersville attorney who was shot and killed by the ex-husband of one of his clients. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office," 22 June 2018 The accounts were held at Coinbase Inc., a prominent cryptocurrency exchange. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Originally built in 1880, this six-bedroom, six-bath home is owned by Tom Francoline and Lelee Brandt, the principals of the prominent home building firm Salisbury Country Homes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Picture-perfect 1880 estate on 60 acres asks $3.9M," 20 Dec. 2018 One prominent Google employee recently started a strike fund for her colleagues in the case of potential collective action on the topic. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Everything you need to know about Google’s controversial China plans in advance of today’s congressional hearing," 11 Dec. 2018 In addition to being a staple of American fashion for over 50 years, Lauren has also been a prominent philanthropist with a commitment to helping cancer patients access quality health care. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ralph Lauren Will Be the First American Designer to Receive an Honorary Knighthood," 15 Nov. 2018

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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

adjective

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

prominent

adjective
prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈprä-mə-nənt \

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

prominent

adjective
prom·​i·​nent | \ ˈpräm-(ə-)nənt \

Medical Definition of prominent

: standing out or projecting beyond a surface

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