[ prom-uh n-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɒm ənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural prom·on·to·ries.

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

First recorded in 1540–50, promontory is from the Latin word prōmontorium, prōmunturium, of unclear derivation

Can be confused

cape peninsula promontory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for promontory


/ (ˈprɒməntərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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

C16: from Latin prōmunturium headland; related to prōminēre; see prominent
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Medicine definitions for promontory


[ prŏmən-tôr′ē ]


A projecting part.

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Science definitions for promontory


[ prŏmən-tôr′ē ]

A high ridge of land or a rock cliff jutting out into a body of water.

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