Prominent Definition

Sticking out; projecting.
A prominent chin.
Webster's New World
Projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant.
Prominent eyebrows.
American Heritage Medicine
Noticeable at once; conspicuous.
Prominent markings.
Webster's New World
Widely known; specif., significant and widely know within a particular field.
A prominent anthropologist.
Webster's New World

Likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous.


Origin of Prominent

  • Middle English from Latin prōminēns prōminent- present participle of prōminēre to jut out prō- forth pro–1 -minēre to jut, threaten men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin prōminÄ“ns, present active participle of prōmineō (“ jut out, to project"), from prō (“before, forward") + mineō (in compounds, "jut, project").

    From Wiktionary

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