[ sey-lee-uh ns, seyl-yuh ns ]
/ ˈseɪ li əns, ˈseɪl yəns /


the state or condition of being salient.
a salient or projecting object, part, or feature.

Nearby words

  1. salicylamide,
  2. salicylate,
  3. salicylic,
  4. salicylic acid,
  5. salicylism,
  6. saliency,
  7. salient,
  8. salientian,
  9. saliently,
  10. salieri

Origin of salience

First recorded in 1830–40; see origin at salient, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for salience



1836, "quality of leaping;" see salient (adj.) + -ence. Meaning "quality of standing out" is from 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper