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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The three snaps show the duo talking — Houston dressed in an all-white outfit while the Red Table Talk host’s baby bump was prominent under her black ensemble. Stephanie Petit,, "Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Throwback Photo with 'Fierce' Friend Whitney Houston: 'You Are Missed'," 4 July 2018 Pasok, a struggling centre-left party from Greece, is surprisingly prominent in the minds of Labour activists. The Economist, "Why Labour is obsessed with Greek politics," 28 June 2018 Schmidt’s decision joins an array of other prominent Republicans who have become independents in response to Trump’s rise, including Evan McMullin, the former GOP staffer who decided to run for president as an independent. Michael Wear, Time, "Don't Quit the Republican Party. Stay and Fight," 22 June 2018 But critics — including prominent Republicans — say the policy of splitting up families is inhumane. Skyler Swisher,, "Nelson, Wasserman Schultz denied access to immigrant center for children," 19 June 2018 Who her family issued the driving ban in the first place, put so many women in jail for driving, and just imprisoned prominent women's rights activists who risked their life and freedom to lift the ban., "Why Women's Rights Activists Are Furious At This Vogue Cover," 1 June 2018 Built in 1899 as a single-family house for Charles T. Cresswell, a prominent lawyer, 2122 Locust marks the spot where Rittenhouse Square’s fashionable set switched from the exuberant Victorian style to a more conservative, neocolonial look. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 His critics, including prominent LA entertainment lawyer Walter Teller and MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, responded with angry e-mails explaining the estrangement. Mark Shanahan,, "Alan Dershowitz plans event to answer critics on Martha’s Vineyard," 11 July 2018 ForwardGro is co-owned by Gary Mangum, a prominent supporter of Larry Hogan who served on the governor’s inaugural committee and transition team. Michael Dresser,, "Regulators investigating Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use," 9 July 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of prominent 

: standing out or projecting beyond a surface

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