- standing out so as to be seen easily; conspicuous; particularly noticeable: Her eyes are her most prominent feature.
- standing out beyond the adjacent surface or line; projecting.
- leading, important, or well-known: a prominent citizen.
Origin of prominent
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Examples from the Web for prominent
So then-President George H.W. Bush and other prominent Republicans endorsed Treen in the House runoff.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Failure to bond to their parents was the prominent reason children were being given away.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Both Boledi and Ahwazi have been prominent critics of Tehran for decades.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
But the abuse continues at the hands of some of the most prominent “Western” gurus today.Australia’s Underage Yoga Sex Cult: The Survivors Speak Out
December 9, 2014
Now that giving thanks to God no longer plays a prominent role in American civic life, Whom or What do we thank on Thanksgiving?Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
Why, our movements have been as prominent and open as the house-tops from the beginning.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It has the grand and prominent virtue of being at once and easily skippable.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
But he was prominent in nothing, for prominence was to him a thing like bodily pain.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Perhaps the most prominent of these was his passion for boat-sailing.
Still one cannot deny that fancy is too prominent in Mr. Lynch's writings.
- jutting or projecting outwards
- standing out from its surroundings; noticeable
- widely known; eminent
Word Origin and History for prominent
mid-15c., "projecting, jutting out," from Latin prominentem (nominative prominens) "prominent," present participle of prominere "jut or stand out, be prominent, overhang," from pro- "before, forward" (see pro-) + minere "to project," from minae "projections, threats" (see menace (n.)). Meaning "conspicuous" is from 1759; that of "notable, leading" is from 1849. Related: Prominently.
- Projecting outward or upward; protuberant.
- Immediately noticeable; conspicuous.