Prominence vs Display - What's the difference?

prominence | display |

As nouns the difference between prominence and display

is that prominence is the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent while display is a show or spectacle.

As a verb display is

(obsolete) to spread out, to unfurl.



  • The state of being prominent: widely known or eminent.
  • *
  • *:“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.”
  • Relative importance.
  • A bulge: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form.
  • (lb) Autonomous height; relative height or prime factor; a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains.
  • display



    (en noun)
  • A show or spectacle.
  • (computing) An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
  • See also

    * characters * CRT * cursor * digits * graphics * monitor * screen * VDU


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To spread out, to unfurl.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.v:
  • The wearie Traueiler, wandring that way, / Therein did often quench his thristy heat, / And then by it his wearie limbes display , / Whiles creeping slomber made him to forget / His former paine [...].
  • To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, […].}}
  • To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (military) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
  • (Farrow)
  • (printing, dated) To make conspicuous by using large or prominent type.
  • (obsolete) To discover; to descry.
  • * Chapman
  • And from his seat took pleasure to display / The city so adorned with towers.