prom·​on·​to·​ry ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce promontory (audio)
plural promontories
: a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water
: a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland
: a bodily prominence

Examples of promontory in a Sentence

stood on the windswept promontory overlooking the bay Cape May is Delaware Bay's largest promontory.
Recent Examples on the Web Agate Beach, Sue-meg State Park This long, narrow beach stretches north from the dramatic, lushly forested promontory that makes up Sue-meg State Park, north of Trinidad. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 The Gargano This picturesque promontory on Puglia’s northernmost coastline is dominated by Gargano National Park, where the scenery changes from beaches to mountains in just a few miles. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2024 Boundary Cone is a geologic promontory — a high point of land — near the Black Mountains in Mohave County. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 24 May 2024 The boat sank near Cape Spartel, a promontory in Morocco near the entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar, a channel that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean between Spain and Africa. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for promontory 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of promontory was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Promontory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


prom·​on·​to·​ry ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce promontory (audio)
plural promontories
: a high point of land sticking out into the sea

Medical Definition


prom·​on·​to·​ry ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce promontory (audio)
plural promontories
: a bodily prominence: as
: the angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the vertebra
: a prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear

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