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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Recent Examples on the Web Limbaugh regularly criticized Democratic presidential administrations, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as other prominent Democrats. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Rush Limbaugh's death prompts Florida governor to order flags flown at half-staff," 20 Feb. 2021 The misinformation extends to other prominent Democrats. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Nancy Pelosi's husband's investments unrelated to Joe Biden's executive order," 16 Feb. 2021 But the inability of prominent Democrats to agree about what the party believes and wants to change does not help. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "How the Democratic Party Can Create a Majoritarian Coalition," 11 Feb. 2021 Then came the events of the past month, with revelations about Greene’s promotion of other conspiracy theories and violence against prominent Democrats, just as QAnon played a role in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. J.d. Crowe |, al, "The Grand Old QAnon Party: Fringe with benefits," 7 Feb. 2021 He was used to hearing from prominent Democrats about a single hiring recommendation or policy, but Warren stood out for her more sweeping approach. Globe Staff,, "Elizabeth Warren’s influence in Washington rises as allies take Biden administration posts," 6 Feb. 2021 This cultlike belief revolves around a conspiracy theory in which prominent Democrats and Hollywood celebrities are systematically victimizing children in order to extract something called adrenochrome from their blood. Faye Flam, Star Tribune, "Social media is fertile soil for conspiracy," 2 Feb. 2021 Other prominent Democrats who have been swept up in similar controversies include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Fox News, "Parody 'It Wasn't Me' music video mocks Democrats' hypocrisy about violating own lockdown orders," 16 Jan. 2021 The QAnon community has long held that Trump is waging a secret war against a globalist cabal of Satanic pedophiles that would culminate in mass arrests of prominent Democrats and celebrities. oregonlive, "End of Trump presidency won’t halt extremism’s rise, experts say," 3 Jan. 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 1 Mar. 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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