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From obsolete French prominence (compare proéminence), from Latin prominentia.


prominence ‎(countable and uncountable, plural prominences)

  1. The state of being prominent: widely known or eminent.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 29686887 , chapter IV:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  2. Relative importance.
  3. A bulge: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form.
  4. (topography) Autonomous height; relative height or prime factor; a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains.