Definition of prominent in English:

prominent

adjective

  • 1Important; famous.

    ‘she was a prominent member of the city council’
    • ‘Thanks to efforts of prominent citizens and timely attention from the Government, it is back to its full bloom again.’
    • ‘The media itself has been prominent in heaping scorn on economics.’
    • ‘Both artists are prominent in Bulgaria's art world and work with graphics and water colours.’
    • ‘Tom was prominent in farming and political circles in the area for many years.’
    • ‘He has also been prominent in fund-raising circles for All Hallows College in Dublin.’
    • ‘Even during his years in New York in the 1960s, Bertie remained very prominent in club circles.’
    • ‘It was a very worthy performance considering my age and prominent social standing, but the stone paid no attention, as is so often the case.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly given his prominent position and family name, racing and horses have always played a major part in Derby's life.’
    • ‘She was also very prominent in sporting circles both in her native Galway and in Claremorris.’
    • ‘Your ambitious nature will be rewarded as you are promoted to a prominent position in your profession.’
    • ‘Of course, the story continues, and those people who are prominent in one chapter will always be part of the story.’
    • ‘Men dominate business and politics, but many women have held cabinet posts or are prominent in arts and professions.’
    • ‘Frank was prominent in the community life of the region and was widely known throughout the district.’
    • ‘Gerry has been prominent in the Mayo Association in Birmingham for several years.’
    • ‘Foreign-born players have been prominent in the game from its earliest days.’
    • ‘They were prominent in the farming business and ran a progressive operation in that part of mid-Roscommon.’
    • ‘Other prominent people have also lent their support to the project.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Rothschilds are still prominent in banking in Britain and are notable patrons of the arts and sciences.’
    • ‘A prominent neoconservative, he was a co-founder of Project for the New American Century.’
    important, well known, leading, eminent, pre-eminent, distinguished, notable, noteworthy, noted, public, outstanding, foremost, of mark, illustrious, celebrated, famous, renowned, acclaimed, famed, honoured, esteemed, respected, well thought of, influential, prestigious, big, top, great, chief, main
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  • 2Projecting from something; protuberant.

    ‘a man with big, prominent eyes like a lobster's’
    • ‘About two years ago I noticed a prominent bump on the inside of my right foot.’
    • ‘The posterior node is prominent in early stages, and bears a distinct, short carina.’
    • ‘For your first project choose leaves that are relatively flat and have prominent veins.’
    • ‘Rising from the radiator grille, a prominent bulge in the hood runs to the base of the windscreen.’
    • ‘It was particularly prominent in areas underlying the epidermal hyperplasia.’
    • ‘His hair is flattened from sleep, his prominent ears projecting like wings from the sides of his head.’
    protuberant, protruding, projecting, jutting, jutting out, standing out, sticking out, proud, bulging, bulbous
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  • 3Situated so as to catch the attention; noticeable.

    ‘the new housing estates are prominent landmarks’
    • ‘The issue of passive smoking is very prominent in the minds of almost everyone in this day and age.’
    • ‘Its most prominent feature is a projecting central pavilion with a pediment and four Doric columns.’
    • ‘The problem seems to be more prominent in the bazaars and markets.’
    • ‘Stories of this sort, if any, may have been elbowed out of prominent positions they should occupy in newspapers.’
    • ‘Recently at Whole Foods I noticed prominent displays of strawberries and rhubarb.’
    • ‘Our eyes are drawn to the magnificent ecclesiastical buildings that are especially prominent in York.’
    • ‘Landscapes are prominent in the canvases displayed by Reena Sunil, a graphic designer.’
    • ‘I have noticed that the most prominent activity at the festival is alcohol consumption.’
    • ‘How can they ignore the criticisms that are so prominent in the media?’
    • ‘This error of fact will require a prominent notice of correction in the journal.’
    • ‘Make sure you are prominent in their minds when a headhunter calls them looking for a recommendation on a candidate in your field.’
    • ‘He would like his name to be placed on a prominent notice board emphasising that he was keen to be the first guinea pig.’
    • ‘Maximilian was famous for his large nose, and it is prominent in all his pictures and statues.’
    • ‘The planning process begins with the posting of a notice in a prominent position at the site of property.’
    • ‘Teachers' pay is also prominent in the list of motions being considered for debate.’
    • ‘If the premises are unoccupied a copy of the Notice should be left in a prominent position.’
    • ‘Maybe when it is over, thoughts of mortality may become more prominent in his mind.’
    • ‘The health minister has been particularly prominent in the media in this regard.’
    • ‘Notices were placed in prominent places in their bars warning customers to cut out bad language.’
    • ‘It went on to say that the suggested site is situated in a prominent section of this new streetscape.’
    conspicuous, noticeable, easily seen, obvious, evident, discernible, recognizable, distinguishable, unmistakable, eye-catching, pronounced, salient, striking, outstanding, dominant, predominant
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noun

  • A stout drab-coloured moth with tufts on the forewings which stick up while at rest, the caterpillars of which typically have fleshy growths on the back.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prominent

/ˈprɒmɪnənt/