Definition of promontory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒm(ə)nt(ə)ri/

noun (plural promontories)

1A point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland: a rocky promontory
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  • Both ponds were divided from the lake by a low promontory of land that encircled them.
  • If you want to be independent, go to any promontory, headland or peninsula that has deep water close inshore and allows you to stand on a cliff a good height above water level.
  • The Inn is built high on a rocky promontory that looks over Chesterman Beach, and the sheer acreage of windows in this cedar-and-glass structure makes it ideal for its winter attraction - storm-watching.
headland, point, cape, head, foreland, horn, spit, hook, bill, ness, naze, peninsula;
bluff, cliff, precipice, prominence, projection, overhang, height, ridge, spur;
Scottish  mull
2 Anatomy A protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure.
Example sentences
  • Facial nerve paralysis is caused by compression of the nerve against the sacral promontory or by trauma resulting from the use of forceps during delivery.
  • These motions push the posterior shoulder over the sacral promontory, allowing it to fall into the hollow of the sacrum, and rotate the symphysis over the impacted shoulder.
  • Less commonly, shoulder dystocia results from impaction of the posterior shoulder on the sacral promontory.


Mid 16th century: from Latin promontorium, variant (influenced by mons, mont- 'mountain') of promunturium.

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