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[prom-uh-nuh nt] /ˈprɒm ə nənt/
standing out so as to be seen easily; conspicuous; particularly noticeable:
Her eyes are her most prominent feature.
standing out beyond the adjacent surface or line; projecting.
leading, important, or well-known:
a prominent citizen.
Origin of prominent
1535-45; < Latin prōminent- (stem of prōminēns), present participle of prominēre to project, stand out, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -minēre; see imminent
Related forms
prominently, adverb
nonprominent, adjective
nonprominently, adverb
overprominent, adjective
overprominently, adverb
2. protruding, jutting, protuberant. 3. eminent, celebrated, famous, famed, distinguished.
1. inconspicuous. 2. recessed. 3. unknown. Unabridged
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  • Among the many wrecks at Gunwalloe, the story of what is called the "Dollar Wreck" stands out most prominently.

    The Cornish Coast (South) Charles G. Harper
  • The members of this genus have rosy spores which are prominently angular.

  • One piece of information was prominently advertised; it was a method of rendering children's garments fire-proof.

    Ethel Morton's Holidays Mabell S. C. Smith
  • His face was well-formed, except that the nose was too large and too prominently aquiline.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Nothing had ever been brought to the public notice so prominently before.

British Dictionary definitions for prominently


jutting or projecting outwards
standing out from its surroundings; noticeable
widely known; eminent
Derived Forms
prominently, adverb
prominentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōminēre to jut out, from pro-1 + ēminēre to project
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Word Origin and History for prominently



mid-15c., "projecting, jutting out," from Latin prominentem (nominative prominens) "prominent," present participle of prominere "jut or stand out, be prominent, overhang," from pro- "before, forward" (see pro-) + minere "to project," from minae "projections, threats" (see menace (n.)). Meaning "conspicuous" is from 1759; that of "notable, leading" is from 1849. Related: Prominently.

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prominently in Medicine

prominent prom·i·nent (prŏm'ə-nənt)

  1. Projecting outward or upward; protuberant.

  2. Immediately noticeable; conspicuous.

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