Definition of prominence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɒmɪnəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːmɪnəns//
[uncountable, singular]
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the state of being important, well known or noticeable a young actor who has recently risen to prominence The newspapers have given undue prominence to the story. She has achieved a prominence she hardly deserves. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting something that juts out): from obsolete French, from Latin prominentia ‘jutting out’, from the verb prominere.Extra examples She came to national prominence as an artist in the 1960s. The city’s rise to prominence as a port began in the early 19th century. The former rebels were given positions of prominence in the new government. a performance which gives a special prominence to the part of Hamlet’s mother The chef’s television programmes brought him to national prominence. The issue was given great prominence in the press.
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