promontory

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Elderly veterans looked on Wednesday as members of the 75th Ranger Regiment started mounting the limestone promontory at dawn, pulling themselves up on ropes one by one, seagulls swooping above them. Washington Post, "The Latest: US Army Rangers recreate D-Day cliff assault," 6 June 2019 Elderly veterans looked on as members of the 75th Ranger Regiment started mounting the limestone promontory at dawn, pulling themselves up on ropes one by one, seagulls swooping above. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "World leaders honor veterans in commemoration of D-Day 75th anniversary," 5 June 2019 Gary Mudrow, 44, dropped nearly 400 feet from the promontory of Cape Lookout State Park into the ocean Sunday, the Oregon State Police said, citing witness accounts. oregonlive.com, "Cape Lookout State Park paragliding death is the second in two years," 4 June 2019 Many cruise ship opponents back a plan to put the terminal at an opening to the lagoon between the exterior Venice Lido island and the northern Cavallino promontory. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Venice, Budapest crashes renew debate on cruise ship safety, calls to restrict ships in Venice," 4 June 2019 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. SFChronicle.com, "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 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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promontory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of promontory

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

promontory

noun
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

promontory

noun
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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