[ prom-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈprɒm ə nənt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. prometheus unbound,
  2. promethium,
  3. promilitary,
  4. prominence,
  5. prominences,
  6. prominent heel,
  7. prominent moth,
  8. prominently,
  9. promiscuity,
  10. promiscuous

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 prominently


/ (ˈprɒmɪnənt) /


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 prominently



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 prominently


[ prŏmə-nənt ]


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

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