prominencenoun [ U ]uk /ˈprɒm.ɪ.nəns/ us /ˈprɑː.mə.nəns/
It's the first time that a lawyer of such prominence (= fame and importance) has been given the freedom to air his views on TV.
(Definition of “prominence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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