May 24, 2012
- prominent (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : standing out or projecting beyond a surface or line : protuberant2 a : readily noticeable b : widely and popularly known : leading
- How do you use it?
- The spelling bee trophy was displayed in a prominent location in the school's lobby.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "prominent"?"Prominent," "conspicuous," "noticeable," and "outstanding" all mean attracting notice or attention. "Prominent" suggests that something calls attention to itself by standing out from its surroundings, as in "The new clock tower became a prominent feature of the downtown area." "Conspicuous" applies to something that is easily observed and certain to attract attention, as in "His loud voice made him conspicuous at the party." "Noticeable" suggests that something is likely to be seen or noticed, as in "The low pressure system brought a noticeable change in the weather." "Outstanding" applies to something that rises above and is better than others of the same kind, as in "The students in Mr. Beale's group did an outstanding job on the project."