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.

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. Chris Wysopal:

    As a society, we need to fund critical open-source projects [ that ] technology providers rely on and make us all vulnerable when vulnerabilities are found, i hope that the White House invited members of the Apache Group or other prominent open-source maintainers so they could hear about the struggles these volunteer teams have and resources they could use the most.

  2. Viveca Novak:

    Google's big spending in Washington could be meant in part to rally Congress and the White House to come to its defense in the face of the EU's antitrust case against the company, it needs allies, the more prominent the better -- and it also wants to stave off any similar government inquiries stateside.

  3. Stephen Onufrak:

    Along with just offering those foods, they can promote them, make them attractive, delicious, priced competitively with less healthy foods, highlight them on menus, and put them in a prominent place.

  4. Jaideep Prabhu:

    There's a history of protesting against Nestle, nestle is much more front and center than PG and Unilever when it comes to people knowing that they make their products ... Nestle's logos are very prominent on its products.

  5. David Ross:

    While some conditions are common across regions, such as road injuries and suicide, there are others that more prominent in certain regions.

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