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1. Standing out, or projecting, beyond the line surface of something; jutting; protuberant; in high relief; as, a prominent figure on a vase.

2. Hence; Distinctly manifest; likely to attract attention from its size or position; conspicuous; as, a prominent feature of the face; a prominent building.

3. Eminent; distinguished above others; as, a prominent character.

(Science: zoology) Prominent' moth, any moth of the family Notodontidae; a notodontian; so called because the larva has a hump or prominence on its back. Several of the species are injurious to fruit trees.

Origin: L. Prominens, -entis, p. Pr. Of prominere to jut out, to project; pro before, forward _ minere (in comp) to jut, project: cf. F. Prominent. See Imminent, Eminent.