Definition of prominent in English:

prominent

adjective

  • 1Important; famous.

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

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

Pronunciation

prominent

/ˈprämənənt//ˈprɑmənənt/