- a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland.
- a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking a lowland.
- Anatomy. a prominent or protuberant part.
Origin of promontory
Examples from the Web for promontory
Contemporary Examples of promontory
Promontory is something else, former regulators who help banks comply with—and predict— what their regulators do.The Best Longreads in Business and Finance for the Week of March 22
March 24, 2013
Have the president drive in the golden fence post at Promontory Point II and sign the amnesty right there.Just 'Building the Damn Fence' Won't Fix Everything
February 1, 2013
Historical Examples of promontory
The castle bars the access to the promontory, upon which stands the cathedral.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
The ground plan of the house followed the outline of the promontory on which it stood.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Took boat on the lake, from the promontory of Dindog before mentioned.A Tour in Ireland
When we anchored off the promontory we were surprised to receive no signs of welcome.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The name given to the first promontory to appear is significant.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- a high point of land, esp of rocky coast, that juts out into the sea
- anatomy any of various projecting structures
Word Origin for promontory
1540s, from Middle French promontoire (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin promontorium, altered (by influence of Latin mons "mount, hill") from Latin promunturium "mountain ridge, headland," probably related to prominere "jut out" (see prominent).
- A projecting part.
- A high ridge of land or a rock cliff jutting out into a body of water.