prominent

[ prom-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈprɒm ə nənt /

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for prominent

prominent

/ (ˈprɒmɪnənt) /

adjective

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

prominent


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for prominent

prominent

[ prŏmə-nənt ]

adj.

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