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

1535–45; < Latin prōminent- (stem of prōminēns), present participle of prominēre to project, stand out, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -minēre; see imminent
Related formsprom·i·nent·ly, adverbnon·prom·i·nent, adjectivenon·prom·i·nent·ly, adverbo·ver·prom·i·nent, adjectiveo·ver·prom·i·nent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for prominent

2. protruding, jutting, protuberant. 3. eminent, celebrated, famous, famed, distinguished.

Antonyms for prominent

1. inconspicuous. 2. recessed. 3. unknown. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prominent

Contemporary Examples of prominent

Historical Examples of prominent

  • Why, our movements have been as prominent and open as the house-tops from the beginning.

  • It has the grand and prominent virtue of being at once and easily skippable.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • 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.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • I once went into the woods with a prominent college athlete.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for prominent



jutting or projecting outwards
standing out from its surroundings; noticeable
widely known; eminent
Derived Formsprominently, adverbprominentness, noun

Word Origin for prominent

C16: from Latin prōminēre to jut out, from pro- 1 + ēminēre to project
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prominent in Medicine




Projecting outward or upward; protuberant.
Immediately noticeable; conspicuous.
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