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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant.
  • adj. Immediately noticeable; conspicuous. See Synonyms at noticeable.
  • adj. Widely known; eminent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Standing out, or projecting, beyond the line surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief.
  • adj. Hence; Distinctly manifest; likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous
  • adj. Eminent; distinguished above others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing out beyond the line or surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief: as, a prominent figure on a vase.
  • In entomology: Raised above the general surface: as, prominent eyes.
  • Projecting horizontally: as, prominent angles of the prothorax.
  • Standing out so as to be easily seen; most visible or striking to the eye; conspicuous: as, the figure of a man is prominent in the picture.
  • Standing out from among the multitude; distinguished above others: as, a prominent citizen.
  • Eminent, leading.
  • n. A promontory.
  • n. One of certain bombycid moths; a tooth-back or pebble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
  • adj. conspicuous in position or importance

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin prōminēns, prōminent-, present participle of prōminēre, to jut out : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + -minēre, to jut, threaten; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōminēns, present active participle of prōmineō (" jut out, to project"), from prō ("before, forward") + mineō (in compounds, "jut, project"). (Wiktionary)

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