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’
    • ‘So these butterflies are making use of more than the visible portion of the spectrum in order to make itself conspicuous.’
    • ‘In its stunning breeding plumage, the head is largely white with a conspicuous black stripe above the eye.’
    • ‘It had a lovely translucent green body and a conspicuous darker green triangular head with a pair of bulging black eyes.’
    • ‘With a mongrel of overcast sun straying to and from her heels, she scoured all three for conspicuous features related to light.’
    • ‘The most visible and conspicuous fact is that people now live better than half a century ago.’
    • ‘The letter, its title, the box, were so conspicuous, the eye missed everything else on the page.’
    • ‘Surely it could not have been left standing where it was, conspicuous from the town walls.’
    • ‘Construction, however, was a conspicuous exception to the general good news.’
    • ‘They have put up a banner at a very conspicuous spot on a busy street in this ‘happening city’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Armoured battle tanks girdled a handful of Boeings and uniformed soldiers were conspicuous.’
    • ‘Its large flowers have a conspicuous mass of red stamens (white in myrtle).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, when we worked together in north-east England, he was equally conspicuous by wearing a ginger wig.’
    • ‘This was prominently exhibited in the London exhibition, and caused a conspicuous stir among the visitors.’
    • ‘I've often seen bloggers and other webmasters place a wishlist in a conspicuous corner of their page.’
    • ‘All this was done, it may seem, with remarkably little attention to the natural orientations that are so conspicuous on the map.’
    • ‘This site is one of the most conspicuous locations in Brentford.’
    1. 1.1Attracting notice or attention.
      ‘he showed conspicuous bravery’
      • ‘The operation was not a failure, but it was not a conspicuous success either.’
      • ‘The country has taken waves of immigration before, often with a conspicuous lack of success.’
      • ‘Poetry and history trump vulgarity and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘There is conspicuous abundance here in this lovely place, and patent lack.’
      • ‘The Temeraire fought with conspicuous bravery in the battle beside Nelson's flagship Victory.’
      • ‘This is evident in the conspicuous consumption of the elites.’
      • ‘That is precisely what has been tried on Britain's railways, without conspicuous success.’
      • ‘Early in 1798 he was appointed to lead the Army of Italy, which he did with conspicuous success.’
      • ‘His first stint in Italy, then, had not been marked by conspicuous success, with just the solitary cup in five years.’
      • ‘At least the anointed will be able to indulge in conspicuous displays of moral vanity as they fulminate publicly.’
      • ‘Welcome to the world of conspicuous donation, to the fundraising galas that lubricate American high society.’
      • ‘The attitudinal change of adolescents makes its conspicuous presence in the domestic environment.’
      • ‘Regulation of tobacco has not been a conspicuous success at the level of the European Union so far.’
      • ‘This man would have been highly conspicuous and I'm sure would have come to the attention of a large number of passers-by.’
      • ‘Stylish Mike doesn't like it if you suggest that his enthusiasms are all about ostentation and conspicuous consumption.’
      • ‘Yeah, conspicuous indignation has become a kind of right-wing performance art.’
      • ‘If this conspicuous consumption made people more contented, I would be less inclined to question it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She has problems concentrating and feels conspicuous in public.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

conspicuous

/kənˈspikyo͞oəs/