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Meaning of prominent by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    prominent ( comparative more prominent, superlative most prominent )

    1. Standing out, or projecting; jutting; protuberant .
    2. Likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous .
    3. Eminent; distinguished above others .

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    • prominent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • prominent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • prominent at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of prominent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. conspicuous in position or importance

    2. a prominent citizen
    3. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

    4. a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book

    Definition of prominent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Prominent a. [L. prominens, -entis, p. pr. of prominere to jut out, to project; pro before, forward + minere ( in comp. ) to jut, project: cf. F. prominent. See Imminent, Eminent.]

      1. Standing out, or projecting, beyond the line surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief; as, “a prominent figure on a vase”.

      2. Hence; Distinctly manifest; likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous; as, “a prominent feature of the face; a prominent building.”

      3. Eminent; distinguished above others; as, “a prominent character”.

      Prominent' moth ( Zool. ), any moth of the family Notodontidæ; a notodontian; -- so called because the larva has a hump or prominence on its back. Several of the species are injurious to fruit trees.