prom·​on·​to·​ry | \ ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce promontory (audio) \
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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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Walk Dalt Vila Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s fortified old town, rests on a promontory overlooking the city’s harbor and the glistening sea. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 One big natural attraction is Cabo da Roca, a dramatic promontory jutting out into the Atlantic—officially continental Europe’s westernmost point. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Old-Money Enclave Goes Modern Luxury," 29 Aug. 2018 On the west side of Broadway, starting around 212th Street, is Isham Park, once the location of an Italianate villa owned by the leather merchant William B. Isham, on a promontory with sweeping views of both the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous Street," 14 June 2018 If the tide is low enough, walk south down the sand, past the large promontory, and over to your own secluded piece of Half Moon Bay., "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 The hotel is situated on a promontory overlooking the sea between Amalfi and Positano, above the town of Conca dei Marini. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 But after a long successful voyage a great number of those fishing boats have met the wave and been dashed against the rocks on Nazaré’s promontory. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 The city of Signal Hill takes its name from the promontory at its heart, a rise that juts 365 feet above the plains of the southern Los Angeles Basin. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Signal Hill keeps progress in view without blocking out its oil town past," 22 June 2018 The ocean-front retreat on a promontory on 3.62 gated acres includes a contemporary-style, custom two-level house, built in 1990, with four bedrooms, four baths and 5,448 square feet ($541 a square foot). Janet Eastman,, "The most expensive homes in each of Oregon's counties (photos)," 12 June 2018

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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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