Prominence vs Salience - What's the difference?

prominence | salience |

As nouns the difference between prominence and salience

is that prominence is the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent while salience is the condition of being salient.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • The state of being prominent: widely known or eminent.
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  • *:“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.
  • salience


  • The condition of being salient.
  • A highlight; perceptual prominence, or likelihood of being noticed.
  • (social sciences, linguistics) Relative importance based on context.