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1  —as in:
a prominent politician
Definition well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
  • She is a prominent member of our community.
prominent = well-known and respected
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The committee has many prominent members, so its findings will be taken seriously.
  • prominent = well-known and respected
  • She has a prominent role in the negotiations.
  • She is prominent in the west-coast modern art movement.
  • It consisted in falsifying a series of production reports of two years ago, in such a way as to cast discredit on a prominent member of the Inner Party, who was now under a cloud.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • prominent = well-known
  • In the spring of 1895 I received a telegram from prominent citizens in Atlanta asking me to accompany a committee from that city to Washington
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • prominent = well-known or important
  • As the county went by us, Jem gave Dill the histories and general attitudes of the more prominent figures: Mr. Tensaw Jones voted the straight Prohibition ticket; Miss Emily Davis dipped snuff in private; Mr. Byron Waller could play the violin; Mr. Jake Slade was cutting his third set of teeth.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • prominent = well-known
  • His father, Guy Waterman, is a musician and freelance writer who, among other claims to modest fame, authored speeches for presidents, ex-presidents, and other prominent Washington politicians.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • prominent = well-known
  • His ambivalence toward sex echoes that of celebrated others who embraced wilderness with single-minded passion, Thoreau (who was a lifelong virgin) and the naturalist John Muir, most prominently, to say nothing of countless lesser-known pilgrims, seekers, misfits, and adventurers.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • prominently = famously
  • They lived on El Rancho de la Trinidad (which I changed to El Rancho de las Rosas) and her uncles did hold prominent positions in the community.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
prominent = important

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2  —as in:
a prominent place on the shelf
Definition very easily noticed
  • By law, the notice must be placed in a prominent location.
prominent = conspicuous (easily noticed)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The most prominent feature of the new building is it's height.
  • prominent = easily noticed
  • By that time, however, stories about the dead hiker, including excerpts from his diary, had been given prominent play in newspapers across the country.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • prominent = easily noticed
  • Prominent in the middle of the group were Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • prominent = easily noticed
  • But my most prominent feature—my worst—was my teeth.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • prominent = highly noticeable
  • After ten minutes or so, what was most prominent in the cellar was a kind of nonmovement.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • prominent = easily noticed
  • Hester looked by way of humouring the child; and she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • prominent = easily noticed
  • If the latter possess native sagacity, and a nameless something more,—let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor disagreeable prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power, which must be born with him, to bring his mind into such affinity with his patient's, that this last shall unawares have spoken what he imagines himself only to have thought; if such revelations be received without tumult, and acknowledged not so often by an uttered sympathy as by...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • prominent = very easily noticed
  • Doaker's room is prominent and opens onto the kitchen.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
prominent = central

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3  —as in:
a prominent jaw
Definition sticking out and easily noticed
  • The skull resembles that of modern humans, but was smaller with a sloped forehead, larger teeth, and a prominent jaw.
prominent = protruding (sticking out)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Who is your favorite actress with prominent ears?
  • prominent = sticking out
  • And one of them, a bold-looking girl with large dark eyes, a prominent chin, and long black hair pushed her way through the door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • prominent = protruding (sticking out)
  • He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • prominent = sticking out
  • His prominent rear ballooned out from both sides of his chair, tussocks of flesh swelling from between the armrests and seat cushion.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • prominent = protruding (sticking out)
  • The flesh melts, the forehead bulges more prominently, the cheekbones protrude.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • prominently = in a manner that sticks out
  • He had a long chin and big rather prominent teeth, just covered, when he was not talking, by his full, floridly curved lips.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • prominent = protruding (sticking out and easily noticed)
  • She was a formidable style of lady with spectacles, a prominent nose, and a loud voice, who had the effect of wanting a great deal of room.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • prominent = protruding (sticking out and easily noticed)
  • In the very centre of the group Harry saw the dark, greasy-haired head and prominent nose of his least favourite teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Snape.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • prominent = protruding (sticking out and easily noticed)
  • His full face, rather young-looking, with its prominent chin, wore a gracious and majestic expression of imperial welcome.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
prominent = protruding (sticking out)

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