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[prom-uh n-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈprɒm ənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural promontories.
a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland.
a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking a lowland.
Anatomy. a prominent or protuberant part.
Origin of promontory
1540-50; < Latin prōmontorium, prōmunturium, of unclear derivation
Can be confused
cape, peninsula, promontory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for promontory
  • From a promontory that overlooks a local farm, tiny onion.
  • Walk past trattorias and a solitary abbey to a rocky promontory with the sea always in full view and a clear sky overhead.
  • The north end of the beach is cut off from the rest of the strand by a rock promontory, dividing it essentially in two.
  • Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
  • We were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory.
  • From its magnificent rocky promontory, the city surveys the sometimes wild, vast countryside surrounding it.
  • promontory had enjoyed its hour of glory, but the town did not immediately die.
  • The peritoneum is incised over the right side of the promontory.
British Dictionary definitions for promontory


/ˈprɒməntərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a high point of land, esp of rocky coast, that juts out into the sea
(anatomy) any of various projecting structures
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōmunturium headland; related to prōminēre; see prominent
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Word Origin and History for promontory

1540s, from Middle French promontoire (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin promontorium, altered (by influence of Latin mons "mount, hill") from Latin promunturium "mountain ridge, headland," probably related to prominere "jut out" (see prominent).

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promontory in Medicine

promontory prom·on·to·ry (prŏm'ən-tôr'ē)
A projecting part.

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promontory in Science
A high ridge of land or a rock cliff jutting out into a body of water.
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