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 researcher leading the clinical trial was Germán Málaga—an internal medicine specialist at Cayetano who is a prominent figure in the medical community. Luke Taylor, Scientific American, "Scandal Over COVID Vaccine Trial at Peruvian Universities Prompts Outrage," 29 Mar. 2021 During his time in the White House, Trump was the most prominent fundraising figure for the Republican Party, which enjoyed a financial bonanza. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power.," 28 Mar. 2021 Shatner isn't the first prominent figure to partner up with StoryFile. Ruth Kinane,, "William Shatner celebrates 90th birthday by creating an AI version of himself for future generations," 22 Mar. 2021 One of them is Gideon Sa’ar, who was a prominent figure in Likud before splitting from the party in December. The Economist, "Another tight one Binyamin Netanyahu hopes to win yet another election in Israel," 18 Mar. 2021 Camacho, a prominent anti-government figure in 2019, also faces potential arrest, according to a warrant seen by Reuters. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 16, 2021," 16 Mar. 2021 Satterthwaite, who is Black, is represented by attorney Sam Aguiar, who has become a prominent figure in Louisville for his work on behalf of Breonna Taylor's family after she was fatally shot by police. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, "Former LMPD diversity officer sues department; lawyer alleges 'good old boy system'," 16 Mar. 2021 His emergence as a prominent figure in the beverage industry has been less obvious. Brad Japhe, Forbes, "Snoop Dogg Raps About His New Gin Brand In An Exclusive Interview," 12 Mar. 2021 Of course, former President Donald Trump was the most prominent political figure to privately and publicly balk at mask-wearing since early in the pandemic, as The Washington Post reported. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Dr. Fauci Says Politics Made Simple COVID-19 Public Health Measures ‘Divisive’," 11 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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