prom·​on·​to·​ry | \ ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce promontory (audio) \
plural promontories

Definition of promontory

1a : a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water
b : a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland
2 : a bodily prominence

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Synonyms for promontory


headland, ness, point

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Examples of promontory in a Sentence

stood on the windswept promontory overlooking the bay Cape May is Delaware Bay's largest promontory.

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From the 18th century onward, this land bridge emerged as a popular destination for families attracted by the honeycomb-like promontory. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 The Palatine: Visitors inside the Imperial Forum typically hike the Palatine for the Farnese Gardens promontory's splendid view onto the Forum and Capitoline Hill. Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019 Today, the Door Peninsula peacefully coexists with farms and cherry orchards, secluded coves and rocky promontories scattered among such towns as Fish Creek, Sister Bay and Egg Harbor. Roger Rapoport, Los Angeles Times, "Find powerful theater in Door County, Wisconsin," 3 Aug. 2019 To your left is a slightly higher promontory jutting farther into the canyon. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 July 2019 For years now, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has been producing daytime musicals during the summer, designed to tempt families indoors from the heat of a stroll down our city’s most popular promontory. Chris Jones,, "Rainbows before noon: 'Wizard of Oz’ is lovely at Chicago Shakespeare Theater," 19 July 2019 One quest was Capo Colonna, a lone Doric column extant from a lost temple to Hera, on the easternmost promontory of Calabria. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 The Torre Truglia, located at the tip of the promontory on which Sperlonga is built, boasts the best views in town. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 15 Most Charming Small Towns in Italy," 10 July 2019 Wildflowers bloomed in the attractive promontory park, a five-minute stroll down the beach, and the week leading up to Greek Easter lent a festive atmosphere. Luke Pyenson,, "When the best food around is right where you’re staying," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of promontory

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for promontory

Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth — more at prominent

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English Language Learners Definition of promontory

: a high area of land or rock that sticks out into the sea


prom·​on·​to·​ry | \ ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce promontory (audio) \
plural promontories

Kids Definition of promontory

: a high point of land sticking out into the sea


prom·​on·​to·​ry | \ ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce promontory (audio) \
plural promontories

Medical Definition of promontory

: a bodily prominence: as
a : the angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the vertebra
b : a prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear

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to spread over or through

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