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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Jones was linked to the deaths of six people in the Phoenix area, including prominent forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt, who had evaluated Jones and testified against him in 2010. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Arizona serial killer's ex-wife says he was her 'own personal terrorist'," 28 June 2018 Three years after a large influx of migrants and asylum seekers, the vexed issue of migration has become a popular populist issue and threatens to topple the long reign of Europe’s most prominent leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Germany and Italy at Odds on Migration Crisis After Meeting," 24 June 2018 The shooting spree began on May 31, when a prominent forensic psychiatrist was gunned down outside his office, and continued through the following weekend. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Man found with car stolen from home of Fountain Hills couple killed in shooting spree," 21 June 2018 Mohsin Dawar, a prominent PTM leader, says a willingness to speak truth to military power is an essential part of his movement’s appeal. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Pashtuns Take On the Army—and Terrorists," 14 June 2018 Jones ranted in a series of YouTube videos posted in May about the judge, counselor and prominent forensic psychiatrist in the case. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Possible intended target in Ariz. murder spree: “I knew what the connection was"," 6 June 2018 The first victim was a prominent forensic psychiatrist who had consulted in high-profile murder cases, including the 1996 killing of child beauty-pageant star JonBenet Ramsey. Manuel Torres,, "Suspect in six Arizona shootings attacked victims tied to his divorce, police say," 5 June 2018 Under a Spanish law that prevents a power vacuum, Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, who tabled the no-confidence motion, would immediately become the new leader of the 19-country eurozone’s number four economy and a prominent EU leader. Aritz Parra,, "Spain’s government is poised to fall; Socialists set to take the helm," 31 May 2018 Satterfield was one of several prominent black industry leaders who attended a conference on May 19 organized by Bryant Terry, an activist, author and the Museum of the African Diaspora’s chef-in-residence. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 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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