Definition of conspicuous in English:

conspicuous

adjective

  • 1Standing out so as to be clearly visible.

    ‘he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple’
    • ‘I've often seen bloggers and other webmasters place a wishlist in a conspicuous corner of their page.’
    • ‘They say that the mark of a great team is the ability to grind out results when they are below par, and this was another conspicuous example.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘With a mongrel of overcast sun straying to and from her heels, she scoured all three for conspicuous features related to light.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    • ‘In its stunning breeding plumage, the head is largely white with a conspicuous black stripe above the eye.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    • ‘It had a lovely translucent green body and a conspicuous darker green triangular head with a pair of bulging black eyes.’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘Short, revealing and as sexy as possible, they come in conspicuous colours.’
    • ‘The most conspicuous result now is the Rideau Canal, an immensely expensive waterway that terminates in Ottawa.’
    • ‘Its large flowers have a conspicuous mass of red stamens (white in myrtle).’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘Guidelines say blue badges must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle or in a conspicuous position so all details on it can be clearly seen.’
    1. 1.1 Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘It could be said that one of the features of contemporary opera is both the dearth of conspicuous talent and the amount of money pursuing it.’
      • ‘Two other monuments to conspicuous wealth that lie just across a small bridge will make you yearn for the life of the idle rich.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.’
      • ‘Early in 1798 he was appointed to lead the Army of Italy, which he did with conspicuous success.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      • ‘Stylish Mike doesn't like it if you suggest that his enthusiasms are all about ostentation and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘The operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘Yeah, conspicuous indignation has become a kind of right-wing performance art.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘Regulation of tobacco has not been a conspicuous success at the level of the European Union so far.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      easily seen, clear, visible, clearly visible, standing out, noticeable, observable, discernible, perceptible, perceivable, detectable
      obvious, manifest, evident, apparent, marked, pronounced, prominent, outstanding, patent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal
      vivid, striking, dramatic, eye-catching, flagrant, ostentatious, overt, blatant, as plain as a pikestaff, staring one in the face, writ large, as plain as day
      distinct, recognizable, distinguishable, unmistakable, inescapable
      as plain as the nose on one's face, standing out like a sore thumb, sticking out like a sore thumb, standing out a mile, sticking out a mile
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin conspicuus (from conspicere look at attentively from con- (expressing intensive force) + spicere look at) + -ous.

Pronunciation:

conspicuous

/kənˈspikyo͞oəs/