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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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 Trees parted to reveal a rocky promontory with a dramatic drop-off below and a sweeping view beyond. Bo Emerson, ajc, 2 July 2015 Designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Paul McClean, the expansive abode sits on an 8-acre promontory overlooking the city and boasts a staggering 20 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 By daybreak, a widening promontory of newborn land could be seen forming under plumes of steam rising high into the area. Daniel Roca And Joseph Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 On clear days the view from Maenza stretches to the Circeo promontory -- where, legend has it that Odysseus was bewitched by sorceress Circe -- and to the Pontine islands. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 21 Aug. 2021 Many families simply left Point Bob, as people affectionately called the promontory named for Capt. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Chimney Point—a promontory—juts out like a thumb into the St. Lawrence River. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 1 July 2021 Her former two-acre coastal hideaway is situated on a rocky promontory and built into the granite cliffs. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The promontory has a view of the Golden Gate, through which marines sailed when returning from the war before disembarking at Ft. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Promontory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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