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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Other Words from prominent

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 Google Arts and Culture users can also view The Judge, a 1970 print by Myrna Báez, one of Puerto Rico’s most prominent contemporary artists. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up With Google to Digitize Puerto Rico’s Art," 11 Nov. 2019 Most have passed a process of political screening and have been approved as candidates — except for prominent activist Joshua Wong. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police stop and search people, fire tear gas on protesters as fears of ‘police state’ intensify," 2 Nov. 2019 Still, women continue to face obstacles in their everyday lives, and Saudi authorities have detained some of the country's most prominent women's rights activists who have campaigned for these changes. NBC News, "WWE hosts Saudi Arabia's first women's wrestling match," 31 Oct. 2019 Franco was a prominent human rights activist who was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Taylor Barnes, CNN, "Brazilian President Bolsonaro's media threats condemned following report on alleged murder link," 30 Oct. 2019 Deadly protests erupted in Ethiopia on Wednesday following claims that the government mistreated a prominent media activist, a sign that the nation’s prime minister may be losing support less than two weeks after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Fox News, "Nobel Prize winning Ethiopian prime minister faces protests 2 weeks after award," 24 Oct. 2019 Several years ago, McWaters was arguably the most prominent woman running the show at a sizable public corporation headquartered in Arizona, though that's no longer the case. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "One of Arizona's longest-tenured female CEOs to retire amid losses at Universal Technical Institute," 21 Oct. 2019 The same Saudi leadership that in 2018 lifted the ban on women driving had imprisoned some of the most prominent female activists who first called for that right. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Around the world, women are taking charge of their future," 15 Oct. 2019 Corbett says she, her two teenagers and other relatives were staying at the hotel to attend events honoring her mother-in-law, a prominent African American civil rights activist. oregonlive, "Black guest ousted from Portland’s Doubletree hotel sues for $10 million, points to more reports of alleged racial profiling in Hilton chain," 9 Oct. 2019

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

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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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