prominent

adjective
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

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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Most prominent among these was Albert Einstein's general relativity, which provided unified theories on the nature of space and time. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019 Both Benny Gantz, the front-running opposition candidate for Israeli prime minister, and Ahmad Tibi, one of Israel’s most-prominent Arab politicians, are united in a quest to bring down the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Politicians Keep Distance From Arab Parties to Court Right-Wing Voters," 12 Mar. 2019 No Parental controls: Yes 60 fps playback: Yes Sling TV remains the bargain option among the five most prominent streaming TV services. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 Also at the reception were prominent women including former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller, and singer Charlotte Church. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Watch Camilla Give a Touching Speech About the Potential of Women," 7 Mar. 2019 Widowed, and the single mother of four children, one with special needs, Tomalin sallies forth into writing and editing for the London press (with its scant handful of prominent women), most notably as the literary editor of The Sunday Times. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In A Life of My Own, One of the Great Biographers Turns the Focus on Herself," 20 July 2018 Many prominent socialist women also founded their own socialist publications and formed their own groups was a way to overcome the practical barriers to political participation. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 These reappraisals of prominent women of the 90s offer depth and complexity that the original narratives lacked. Rhaina Cohen, The New Republic, "What the 1990s Got Wrong," 29 June 2018 Its most prominent is the largest immigrant children shelter in the nation, the Casa Padre shelter inside a former Walmart in Brownsville, housing about 1,500 children. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 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 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

prominent

adjective
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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