sa·​lience ˈsā-lyən(t)s How to pronounce salience (audio)
: the quality or state of being salient
: a striking point or feature : highlight

Examples of salience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her win could be a testament to the salience of those issues for voters in 2024. Karissa Waddick, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Over the two decades after Scalia’s elevation to the Court, the salience of Italian-ness changed. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 14 Jan. 2024 What the war’s impact on politics across much of the globe suggests, some experts say, is an undying interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – when some had thought the decades-old issue was losing its global salience. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Jan. 2024 This issue has not lost its salience to a new generation. Michael Robbins, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2023 But other issues could rise in salience for Hispanic voters Some on the other side of the aisle think Hispanic voters may be more focused on other issues. Monica Potts, ABC News, 22 Dec. 2023 In the latest sign of her campaign's growing salience, Haley secured the endorsement of Americans for Prosperity Action on Tuesday. Nicholas Kerr, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 But for some Hispanic voters, the direct effects of climate change could increase its salience. Monica Potts, ABC News, 22 Dec. 2023 As many analysts have already declared, the high costs in Gaza have reverberated around the Arab world, reaffirming the salience and power of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in shaping regional politics. Michael Robbins, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salience was in 1836

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“Salience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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