Definition of prominent in English:

prominent

adjective

  • 1Important; famous.

    ‘she was a prominent member of the city council’
    • ‘The media itself has been prominent in heaping scorn on economics.’
    • ‘Thanks to efforts of prominent citizens and timely attention from the Government, it is back to its full bloom again.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly given his prominent position and family name, racing and horses have always played a major part in Derby's life.’
    • ‘Both artists are prominent in Bulgaria's art world and work with graphics and water colours.’
    • ‘Even during his years in New York in the 1960s, Bertie remained very prominent in club circles.’
    • ‘The Rothschilds are still prominent in banking in Britain and are notable patrons of the arts and sciences.’
    • ‘Other prominent people have also lent their support to the project.’
    • ‘Tom was prominent in farming and political circles in the area for many years.’
    • ‘Frank was prominent in the community life of the region and was widely known throughout the district.’
    • ‘Of course, the story continues, and those people who are prominent in one chapter will always be part of the story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A prominent neoconservative, he was a co-founder of Project for the New American Century.’
    • ‘Gerry has been prominent in the Mayo Association in Birmingham for several years.’
    • ‘They were prominent in the farming business and ran a progressive operation in that part of mid-Roscommon.’
    • ‘He has also been prominent in fund-raising circles for All Hallows College in Dublin.’
    • ‘Foreign-born players have been prominent in the game from its earliest days.’
    • ‘Men dominate business and politics, but many women have held cabinet posts or are prominent in arts and professions.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘His hair is flattened from sleep, his prominent ears projecting like wings from the sides of his head.’
    • ‘The posterior node is prominent in early stages, and bears a distinct, short carina.’
    • ‘About two years ago I noticed a prominent bump on the inside of my right foot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For your first project choose leaves that are relatively flat and have prominent veins.’
    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’
    • ‘How can they ignore the criticisms that are so prominent in the media?’
    • ‘If the premises are unoccupied a copy of the Notice should be left in a prominent position.’
    • ‘Its most prominent feature is a projecting central pavilion with a pediment and four Doric columns.’
    • ‘Make sure you are prominent in their minds when a headhunter calls them looking for a recommendation on a candidate in your field.’
    • ‘I have noticed that the most prominent activity at the festival is alcohol consumption.’
    • ‘The problem seems to be more prominent in the bazaars and markets.’
    • ‘The issue of passive smoking is very prominent in the minds of almost everyone in this day and age.’
    • ‘The health minister has been particularly prominent in the media in this regard.’
    • ‘Maximilian was famous for his large nose, and it is prominent in all his pictures and statues.’
    • ‘Notices were placed in prominent places in their bars warning customers to cut out bad language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Landscapes are prominent in the canvases displayed by Reena Sunil, a graphic designer.’
    • ‘It went on to say that the suggested site is situated in a prominent section of this new streetscape.’
    • ‘This error of fact will require a prominent notice of correction in the journal.’
    • ‘He would like his name to be placed on a prominent notice board emphasising that he was keen to be the first guinea pig.’
    • ‘Maybe when it is over, thoughts of mortality may become more prominent in his mind.’
    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.

    Family Notodontidae: many species

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prominent

/ˈprɒmɪnənt/