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prominent Syllabification: prom·i·nent
Pronunciation: /ˈprämənənt/

Definition of prominent in English:


1Important; famous: she was a prominent member of the city council
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  • The Rothschilds are still prominent in banking in Britain and are notable patrons of the arts and sciences.
  • Many of the family have lived in America for several years and some of them are very prominent in business circles in the Chicago area.
  • They were prominent in the farming business and ran a progressive operation in that part of mid-Roscommon.
2Projecting from something; protuberant: a man with big, prominent eyes like a lobster’s
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  • His hair is flattened from sleep, his prominent ears projecting like wings from the sides of his head.
  • Rising from the radiator grille, a prominent bulge in the hood runs to the base of the windscreen.
  • For your first project choose leaves that are relatively flat and have prominent veins.
protuberant, protruding, projecting, jutting (out), standing out, sticking out, proud, bulging, bulbous
2.1Situated so as to catch the attention; noticeable: the new housing developments are prominent landmarks
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  • The planning process begins with the posting of a notice in a prominent position at the site of property.
  • I have noticed that the most prominent activity at the festival is alcohol consumption.
  • It went on to say that the suggested site is situated in a prominent section of this new streetscape.
conspicuous, noticeable, easily seen, obvious, front-and-center, unmistakable, eye-catching, impactful, pronounced, salient, striking, dominant;


Late Middle English (in the sense 'projecting'): from Latin prominent- 'jutting out', from the verb prominere. Compare with eminent.

  • eminent from Late Middle English:

    Eminent ‘outstanding’ and eminence (Middle English) go back to Latin eminere ‘jut, project’. The French expression éminence grise, literally ‘grey eminence’ for someone who has power without an official position, has been used in English since the 1930s. The term was originally used in French of His Eminence the Cardinal Richelieu's grey-cloaked private secretary, Père Joseph ( 1577–1638). The Latin eminere is also found in pre-eminent (Late Middle English) and prominent (Late Middle English).

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