What does prominent mean?

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ˈprɒm ə nəntprom·i·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, strikingadjective

    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

    "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child"

  2. big, large, prominentadjective

    conspicuous in position or importance

    "a big figure in the movement"; "big man on campus"; "he's very large in financial circles"; "a prominent citizen"


  1. prominentadjective

    Standing out, or projecting; jutting; protuberant.

  2. prominentadjective

    Likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous.

  3. prominentadjective

    Eminent; distinguished above others.

  4. Etymology: From prominens, present active participle of promineo, from pro + mineō (in compounds, "jut, project").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROMINENTadjective

    Standing out beyond the near parts; protuberant; extant.

    Etymology: prominens, Lat.

    Whales are described with two prominent spouts on their heads, whereas they have but one in the forehead terminating over the windpipe. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    She has her eyes so prominent, and placed so that she can see better behind her than before her. More.

    Two goodly bowls of massy silver,
    With figures prominent and richly wrought. Dryden.

    Some have their eyes stand so prominent as the hare, that they can see as well behind as before them. John Ray.


  1. prominent

    Prominent generally refers to something or someone that stands out or is easily noticeable. It can describe a feature, characteristic, or position that is readily apparent or has substantial importance or influence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prominentadjective

    standing out, or projecting, beyond the line surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief; as, a prominent figure on a vase

  2. Prominentadjective

    hence; Distinctly manifest; likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous; as, a prominent feature of the face; a prominent building

  3. Prominentadjective

    eminent; distinguished above others; as, a prominent character

  4. Etymology: [L. prominens, -entis, p. pr. of prominere to jut out, to project; pro before, forward + minere (in comp.) to jut, project: cf. F. prominent. See Imminent, Eminent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prominent

    prom′i-nent, adj. standing out beyond the line or surface of something: projecting: most easily seen: conspicuous: principal: eminent: distinguished.—ns. Prom′inence, Prom′inency, state or quality of being prominent: conspicuousness: distinction.—adv. Prom′inently. [Fr.,—L. prominēre, to jut forth—pro, forth, minēre, to jut.]


  1. Prominent

    raised or produced beyond the level or margin: standing out in relief by color or otherwise: conspicuous.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prominent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3969

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prominent' in Adjectives Frequency: #536

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prominent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prominent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prominent in a Sentence

  1. Lao Tzu:

    The more laws and order are made prominent, The more thieves and robbers there will be.

  2. Booker T. Washington:

    There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

  3. Auguste Comte, Philosophie Positive (1830):

    Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry... If mathematical analysis should ever had prominent place in chemistry - an aberration, which is happily almost impossible - it would be a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science.

  4. Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu:

    The more laws and order are made prominent,The more thieves and robbers there will be.

  5. Photographer Ryann Ford:

    I was so fascinating to learn about how prominent architects were picked or why certain areas were chosen, my hope is that the project documents and memorializes a unique time in American history where it was about the journey, not just the destination.

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