Definition of prominent in English:



  • 1Important; famous.

    ‘she was a prominent member of the city council’
    • ‘Not surprisingly given his prominent position and family name, racing and horses have always played a major part in Derby's life.’
    • ‘Other prominent people have also lent their support to the project.’
    • ‘Of course, the story continues, and those people who are prominent in one chapter will always be part of the story.’
    • ‘Gerry has been prominent in the Mayo Association in Birmingham for several years.’
    • ‘Men dominate business and politics, but many women have held cabinet posts or are prominent in arts and professions.’
    • ‘Foreign-born players have been prominent in the game from its earliest days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tom was prominent in farming and political circles in the area for many years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Rothschilds are still prominent in banking in Britain and are notable patrons of the arts and sciences.’
    • ‘They were prominent in the farming business and ran a progressive operation in that part of mid-Roscommon.’
    • ‘Thanks to efforts of prominent citizens and timely attention from the Government, it is back to its full bloom again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both artists are prominent in Bulgaria's art world and work with graphics and water colours.’
    • ‘The media itself has been prominent in heaping scorn on economics.’
    • ‘Even during his years in New York in the 1960s, Bertie remained very prominent in club circles.’
    • ‘Your ambitious nature will be rewarded as you are promoted to a prominent position in your profession.’
    • ‘A prominent neoconservative, he was a co-founder of Project for the New American Century.’
    • ‘Frank was prominent in the community life of the region and was widely known throughout the district.’
    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’
    • ‘Rising from the radiator grille, a prominent bulge in the hood runs to the base of the windscreen.’
    • ‘For your first project choose leaves that are relatively flat and have prominent veins.’
    • ‘It was particularly prominent in areas underlying the epidermal hyperplasia.’
    • ‘The posterior node is prominent in early stages, and bears a distinct, short carina.’
    • ‘About two years ago I noticed a prominent bump on the inside of my right foot.’
    • ‘His hair is flattened from sleep, his prominent ears projecting like wings from the sides of his head.’
    protuberant, protruding, projecting, jutting, jutting out, standing out, sticking out, proud, bulging, bulbous
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    1. 2.1 Situated so as to catch the attention; noticeable.
      ‘the new housing developments are prominent landmarks’
      • ‘The issue of passive smoking is very prominent in the minds of almost everyone in this day and age.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stories of this sort, if any, may have been elbowed out of prominent positions they should occupy in newspapers.’
      • ‘It went on to say that the suggested site is situated in a prominent section of this new streetscape.’
      • ‘Landscapes are prominent in the canvases displayed by Reena Sunil, a graphic designer.’
      • ‘The planning process begins with the posting of a notice in a prominent position at the site of property.’
      • ‘Maximilian was famous for his large nose, and it is prominent in all his pictures and statues.’
      • ‘If the premises are unoccupied a copy of the Notice should be left in a prominent position.’
      • ‘Our eyes are drawn to the magnificent ecclesiastical buildings that are especially prominent in York.’
      • ‘I have noticed that the most prominent activity at the festival is alcohol consumption.’
      • ‘He would like his name to be placed on a prominent notice board emphasising that he was keen to be the first guinea pig.’
      • ‘Maybe when it is over, thoughts of mortality may become more prominent in his mind.’
      • ‘Recently at Whole Foods I noticed prominent displays of strawberries and rhubarb.’
      • ‘Make sure you are prominent in their minds when a headhunter calls them looking for a recommendation on a candidate in your field.’
      • ‘How can they ignore the criticisms that are so prominent in the media?’
      • ‘Notices were placed in prominent places in their bars warning customers to cut out bad language.’
      • ‘This error of fact will require a prominent notice of correction in the journal.’
      • ‘The problem seems to be more prominent in the bazaars and markets.’
      • ‘Teachers' pay is also prominent in the list of motions being considered for debate.’
      conspicuous, noticeable, easily seen, obvious, evident, discernible, recognizable, distinguishable, unmistakable, eye-catching, pronounced, salient, striking, outstanding, dominant, predominant
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Late Middle English (in the sense projecting): from Latin prominent- jutting out from the verb prominere. Compare with eminent.