AskDefine | Define prominent

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prominent adj
1 having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child" [syn: outstanding, salient, spectacular, striking]
2 conspicuous in position or importance; "a big figure in the movement"; "big man on campus"; "he's very large in financial circles"; "a prominent citizen" [syn: big, large]

User Contributed Dictionary



prominens, -entis, present participle of prominere to jut out, to project; pro before, forward + minere (in comparison) to jut, project



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


eminent, well-known

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