prom·​i·​nent ˈprä-mə-nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio)
: standing out or projecting beyond a surface or line : protuberant
: readily noticeable : conspicuous
: widely and popularly known : leading
prominently adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

… 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Where once the United States and a handful of its allies represented the bulk of global commerce, emerging economies, particularly Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, became increasingly prominent by the early 2000s. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2022 However, as discussions around businesses' perspectives on prominent and sensitive social issues have reached a fever pitch, leaders now face the seemingly impossible task of uniting a workforce and customer base. Jay Friedman, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 High-profile celebrity endorsements were a prominent and occasionally controversial strategy for the Caruso campaign in the lead-up to the primary, though the tactic has been less visible ahead of the general election. Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Once the top notes mellow out, the middle and base notes of jasmine, rose, musk and vanilla become more prominent, giving complexity to the cologne. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 As drones become more prominent in air, land, and sea warfare, this battle will likely be considered just as influential. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022 Her grave is prominent and once a year on the anniversary of her death, a Poetry Walk around town culminates at West Cemetery. Betsy Groban,, 30 Oct. 2022 The most prominent of them, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, hasn’t posted in more than a month. David Ingram, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2022 Diversity positions have only recently become prominent following the social justice movement of 2020. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English promynent, borrowed from Latin prōminent-, prōminens "projecting, standing out," from present participle of prōminēre "to project beyond a surface, stick out, stick up," from prō- pro- entry 2 + -minēre, taken to mean "stand out, rise above" (unattested without a prefix) — more at minatory

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prominent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prominent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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prom·​i·​nent ˈpräm(-ə)-nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio)
: sticking out beyond a surface or line
: easily noticeable
the prominent sound was the drumbeat
: distinguished, eminent
our most prominent citizens
prominently adverb

Medical Definition



prom·​i·​nent ˈpräm-(ə-)nənt How to pronounce prominent (audio)
: standing out or projecting beyond a surface

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