Definition of prominence in English:



  • 1The state of being important or famous.

    ‘she came to prominence as an artist in the 1960s’
    in singular ‘the commission gave the case a prominence which it might otherwise have escaped’
    • ‘They have been together since 1974, yet only came to prominence in the 1990s.’
    • ‘From this point in his career sculpture gradually gained prominence in his work.’
    • ‘A Montreal native, Blain came to prominence in the 1980s with her impact-heavy brand of political art and is now known around the world.’
    • ‘By the close of the 1870s, Homer had achieved national prominence.’
    • ‘Increased prominence is being given to the use of best practices and program management decision-making.’
    • ‘Eleanor came to prominence during the 1990s with some highly acclaimed recordings.’
    • ‘The men who came to prominence in the late 1980s were very different.’
    • ‘Why did Campbell assume such political prominence and power?’
    • ‘And during the great dot-com boom, some highly unprofitable companies gained great prominence on this measure.’
    • ‘The town came to prominence as the capital of the Seljuk Sultans in 1076 when the Seljuks took control of Anatolia, though the area's roots go back much further.’
    • ‘As a result of this, parties tried to distinguish themselves in order to regain their prominence.’
    • ‘However, he never came to prominence for developing his own positions on current political questions.’
    • ‘Insurance and risk management have assumed a new prominence, as have disaster recovery plans.’
    • ‘He came to prominence following the riot in Bradford in 1995 when he helped arrange dialogue between police and young people, setting up the Young People's Forum as a result.’
    • ‘Undeniably, mental health professionals and trauma programs have acquired a new prominence in the refugee field.’
    • ‘The media give undue prominence to such actions.’
    • ‘I'm surprised, as both men came to prominence in 1960s London.’
    • ‘The new domestic program will return the focus for achieving national prominence to the Senior Championships.’
    • ‘Photographs of her, looking slightly uncomfortable and bemused before disembarking, achieved equal prominence.’
    • ‘Such scandals rarely acquire media prominence of their own accord.’
    fame, celebrity, eminence, pre-eminence, importance, distinction, greatness, note, notability, prestige, stature, standing, position, rank, renown, repute, illustriousness, acclaim, influence, account, consequence, visibility
    good coverage, close attention, importance, precedence, weight, a high profile, top billing, noticeability
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  • 2The fact or condition of standing out from something by physically projecting or being particularly noticeable.

    ‘radiographs showed enlargement of the right heart with prominence of the pulmonary outflow tract’
    • ‘As the PDA opens, the CXR shows a slight increase in heart size and prominence of central pulmonary vessels which can progress.’
    • ‘The prominence of the primary rods is a function of the thinner shell wall and may be due to an ecological factor, as mentioned above.’
    • ‘Heart size and pulmonart vascular prominence depend on the size of shunt.’
    • ‘Other abnormalities noted were cardiomegaly, abnormal pulmonary vessels, and interstitial prominence.’
    1. 2.1 A thing that projects from something, especially a projecting feature of the landscape or a protuberance on a part of the body.
      ‘the rocky prominence resembled a snow-capped mountain’
      • ‘During this time, pressure on tissue over a bony prominence may not be relieved for hours.’
      • ‘The side rails are lowered, and the safety strap is checked to ensure it is securely in place across the patient's thighs, avoiding bony prominences.’
      • ‘Results also are compatible with the theory that a low BMI and reduced protection of bony prominences by fatty tissue lead to an increased risk of pressure ulcers.’
      • ‘For successful management of pressure ulcers, both cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues need to be grafted, particularly over bony prominences.’
      • ‘The anesthesia care provider helps the patient extend his or her arms on arm boards, places padding under bony prominences, and secures the patient's arm with cotton cast padding and hook and loop fastening straps.’
      • ‘The physician should palpate bony prominences and tendinous insertions near the heel and midfoot, noting any tenderness or palpable defects.’
      • ‘It is known, however, that the ligament fibers do not necessarily run in a straight line and may curve over other soft tissue or bony prominences.’
      • ‘Bursae prevent excessive friction of soft tissue over bony prominences during motion.’
      • ‘Pressure ulcers are thought to develop over bony prominences as a result of excessive pressure.’
      • ‘The greater deformations possible with this technology enable the transfer of pressure to adjacent body areas and other bony prominences.’
      • ‘Most fluid-filled products permit a high degree of immersion, allowing the body to sink into the surface as the surface conforms to bony prominences.’
      • ‘The tensor palatini muscle joins this muscular sling as it sweeps around the hamulus, a bony prominence of the lateral palate.’
      • ‘Comfort measures are initiated intraoperatively, including use of a temperature-regulating blanket and IV fluid warmer and padding all bony prominences.’
      • ‘The radial artery is easily compressed over the adjacent bony prominences.’
      • ‘They generally develop over a bony prominence where soft tissue is damaged from external pressure exerted over the hard surface of the skeletal structure.’
      • ‘The nurse ensures that the safety belt is in place, pads any bony prominences, inspects the patient's skin for problems, and applies an electrosurgical dispersive pad.’
      • ‘The tubing should be positioned away from direct contact with bony prominences, organs, and blood vessels.’
      • ‘The circulating nurse verifies that the patient is safe and protected and that bony prominences are adequately padded after positioning.’
      hillock, hill, hummock, mound, outcrop, spur, rise, tor, ridge, peak, pinnacle, elevation
      protuberance, projection, swelling, bump, bulge, lump
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    2. 2.2Astronomy A stream of incandescent gas projecting above the sun's chromosphere.
      • ‘The clouds will just impede your direct view and the light of corona, chromosphere, and prominences may trickle through.’
      • ‘Similarly, giant prominences can be seen for longer, jutting up above the solar surface.’
      • ‘Usually a coronal mass ejection includes the eruption of a solar prominence and often is accompanied by a flare.’
      • ‘To the naked eye the prominences jutting above the solar surface often appear more noticeable than they are in a photograph.’
      • ‘Together with the solar prominences, there are masses of red glowing gas to be seen.’


Late 16th century (denoting something that juts out): from obsolete French, from Latin prominentia ‘jutting out’, from the verb prominere (see prominent).