Meaning of “prominent” in the English Dictionary

"prominent" in British English

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uk /ˈprɒm.ɪ.nənt/ us /ˈprɑː.mə.nənt/

prominent adjective (FAMOUS)

C1 very well known and important:

a prominent Democrat
a prominent member of the Saudi royal family
The government should be playing a more prominent role in promoting human rights.

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prominent adjective (NOTICEABLE)

sticking out from a surface:

She has a prominent chin/nose.

C2 Something that is in a prominent position can easily be seen:

New books are displayed in a prominent position on tables at the front of the store.
adverb uk /ˈprɒm.ɪ.nə us /ˈprɑː.mə.nə

A photograph of her daughter was prominently displayed (= in a position where it could be seen) on her desk.

(Definition of “prominent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prominent" in American English

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us /ˈprɑm·ə·nənt/

very noticeable, important, or famous:

She plays a prominent role in the organization.

If something is prominent, it sticks out from a surface or can be seen easily:

She has a prominent chin/nose.
noun [ U ] us /ˈprɑm·ə·nəns/

Despite his prominence, he was never able to make a living.
adverb us /ˈprɑm·ə·nənt·li/

prominently displayed pictures

(Definition of “prominent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)