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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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 Among the premier properties around the U.S. that are participating is the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, which sits perched on a picturesque promontory above the Pacific in Southern California. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Encourage Summer Stays, Marriott Hotels Like St. Regis and Ritz Carlton Have Majorly Discounted Rooms," 16 June 2020 Beverly Hills’ Wallingford Estate — a 5-acre promontory property anchored by a 38,000-square-foot mansion and a sports complex with a basketball gym and boxing ring — hit the market in April for $95 million, down $40 million from its price in 2018. Los Angeles Times, "The ultra-rich are still buying $50-million homes (in case you were wondering)," 7 May 2020 The roughly 8,500-square-foot contemporary Mediterranean-style property sits on a promontory in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley, a popular area with affluent families. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Ask $6.2 Million for Los Angeles Home," 6 Mar. 2020 The details of what happened next are a matter of some dispute, but testimony and trial evidence have established these basic facts: Captain Nettleton returned to his stately, 80-year-old official residence on a promontory above the bay. New York Times, "The federal trial of a former commander of the naval base put a spotlight on life at the isolated and secretive outpost best known for its terrorist court and prison.," 18 Jan. 2020 The details of what happened next are a matter of some dispute, but testimony and trial evidence have established these basic facts: Nettleton returned to his stately, 80-year-old official residence on a promontory above the bay. Carol Rosenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Sex, power, and fury: the mystery of a death at Guantánamo Bay," 18 Jan. 2020 Surf at Fajã de Santo Cristo Lagoon, São Jorge Santo Cristo is a small village on a circular promontory wedged between mountains and sea—no electricity, no cars, few people. Trish Lorenz, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Explore the Azores, Island by Island," 19 Nov. 2019 At the highest point of the oldest part of town, on a promontory known as the Headland, sits the Church of Saint Hilda, a handsome building erected in the twelfth century on the ruins of a Saxon monastery. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Visit to the Pro-Brexit Coastal Town of Hartlepool," 30 Sep. 2019 Perched on nearly two promontory acres, the Spanish-style home just hit the market for $9.995 million. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former Dodger Randy Wolf lists Hollywood Hills home he bought from Slash," 7 Oct. 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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The first known use of promontory was in 1548

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“Promontory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promontory. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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promontory

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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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