adjective prom·i·nent \ ˈprä-mə-nənt , ˈpräm-nənt \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of prominent

1 : standing out or projecting beyond a surface or line : protuberant
2 a : readily noticeable : conspicuous
b : widely and popularly known : leading



Examples of prominent in a Sentence

  1. … and a small precise mouth he kept pursed over teeth a shade too prominent and yellow. —John UpdikeThe Afterlife1994
  2. 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 WarrenJefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back1980
  3. His eyes, which tended to bulge when he was exercised, were not quite prominent. —E. L. DoctorowRagtime1974
  4. 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 Frostletterc. 16 June 1913
  5. He quickly became prominent in the music industry.

  6. He placed the award in a prominent position on his desk.

  7. He has a prominent nose.

  8. the most prominent peak in the mountain range

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of prominent

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

PROMINENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of prominent for English Language Learners

  • : important and well-known

  • : easily noticed or seen

  • : sticking out in a way that is easily seen or noticed

PROMINENT Defined for Kids


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

Definition of prominent for Students

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



Medical Dictionary


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

medical Definition of prominent

: standing out or projecting beyond a surface

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