Definition of promontory in English:


nounPlural promontories

  • 1A point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland.

    ‘a rocky promontory’
    • ‘Both ponds were divided from the lake by a low promontory of land that encircled them.’
    • ‘You leave the cliffs and promontories and blue sea gulfs behind, and corkscrew inland, past the roadside shrines with their solitary icons and flickering candles.’
    • ‘This promontory, overlooking the narrow neck joining the peninsula to the mainland, constituted a protected yet strategic location.’
    • ‘The dark shapes that smudged the even line of the ocean were mountains, or perhaps promontories, riding high and magnificent upon the vastness of the water.’
    • ‘Regardless of how you get there, it is worth making a trip to the island's capital, which is built on a promontory that projects dramatically out into the sea.’
    • ‘Imagine a hooked promontory jutting from the cliffs, but submerged 10m.’
    • ‘From the tip of the headland you are treated to a view of more unblemished promontories dotted along the coast.’
    • ‘Strategically situated on a rocky promontory with an adjacent natural harbor, it was called Cabo Corso, or short cape, by the Portuguese.’
    • ‘The castle was perched atop a promontory jutting from the foothill of a steep, ice-stained mountain whose angular cliffs rose tier after tier to a single high bluff of bare rock.’
    • ‘The house sits on a rocky promontory at the southern tip of Kata beach, one of the best on the island.’
    • ‘You have to read your tides right - otherwise you could find yourself stranded on the rocky causeway that connects the promontory to the mainland.’
    • ‘It was hard to tell which eagle-eyed member of the crew spotted the stranded paddler waving at us from a rocky promontory.’
    • ‘The Oyster Residence is a seven-bedroom eco-retreat perched on a rocky promontory and surrounded by a pine forest that comes all the way down to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean.’
    • ‘If you want to be independent, go to any promontory, headland or peninsula that has deep water close inshore and allows you to stand on a cliff a good height above water level.’
    • ‘The Inn is built high on a rocky promontory that looks over Chesterman Beach, and the sheer acreage of windows in this cedar-and-glass structure makes it ideal for its winter attraction - storm-watching.’
    • ‘The cavalry stopped just short of bow range from the rocky promontory, and the women prepared for a ground assault.’
    • ‘I beached it in a small bay and clambered to a rocky promontory to admire the surrounding grandeur and check my progress.’
    • ‘Survivors of the burning of Panama City in 1671 rebuilt a walled bastion on a rocky promontory to the west.’
    • ‘They walked for a distance over the rough hillside and then came to a halt on a promontory which loomed out over the ravine.’
    • ‘A coastal path climbs spectacularly over a rocky promontory and brings you to L' Estagnol, where you will find a sheltered sandy cove.’
    headland, point, cape, head, foreland, horn, spit, hook, bill, ness, naze, peninsula
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  • 2Anatomy
    A protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure.

    • ‘Clearance of the obstruction showed that the tympanic membrane was compressed against the promontory.’
    • ‘Facial nerve paralysis is caused by compression of the nerve against the sacral promontory or by trauma resulting from the use of forceps during delivery.’
    • ‘These motions push the posterior shoulder over the sacral promontory, allowing it to fall into the hollow of the sacrum, and rotate the symphysis over the impacted shoulder.’
    • ‘Less commonly, shoulder dystocia results from impaction of the posterior shoulder on the sacral promontory.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin promontorium, variant (influenced by mons, mont- ‘mountain’) of promunturium.