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He is also known as El H, but of all his nicknames El Elegante is the most salient.
One salient example was Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda commanders.
When I sit down someday to write my memoirs and try to characterize this era, I will note three salient political features.
One salient moment in the book comes during a meeting with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From Timothy Geithner’s New Memoir|William O’Connor|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doubtless, Putin recalls these salient precedents on his own borders when he thinks about Crimea.
The salient consists mainly of a chalky plateau full of hollows, each with its village or little town.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10)|James Edward Parrott
Wherever there is a long pause there is always a salient change of pitch or some variation in the expression to justify it.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
Unusual as this cruise is, it is the unusual and unexpected that have come out from it as its salient features.With the Battle Fleet|Franklin Matthews
The supply-centre within the salient was Fre-en-Tardenois, and it was being raked by Allied guns from both sides of the salient.Our Army at the Front|Heywood Broun
I will but casually refer to two salient characteristics of the enormities of bygone times—to novels and to the theatre.Auld Lang Syne|Various
Word Origin for salient
1560s, "leaping," a heraldic term, from Latin salientem (nominative saliens), present participle of salire "to leap," from PIE root *sel- (4) "to jump" (cf. Greek hallesthai "to leap," Middle Irish saltraim "I trample," and probably Sanskrit ucchalati "rises quickly").
It was used in Middle English as an adjective meaning "leaping, skipping." The meaning "pointing outward" (preserved in military usage) is from 1680s; that of "prominent, striking" first recorded 1840, from salient point (1670s), which refers to the heart of an embryo, which seems to leap, and translates Latin punctum saliens, going back to Aristotle's writings. Hence, the "starting point" of anything.
1828, from salient (adj.).