Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water; a headland.
  • n. Anatomy A projecting part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A high point of land extending into a body of water, headland; cliff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland; a high cape.
  • n. A projecting part. Especially: (a) The projecting angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the last lumbar vertebra. (b) A prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland.
  • n. In anatomy, a prominent or protuberant part; a prominence, eminence, or protuberance.
  • Resembling a promontory; high; projecting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

Etymologies

Latin prōmontorium, alteration (influenced by mōns, mont-, mount) of prōmunturium, probably from prominēre, to jut out; see prominent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin promontorium, which is said to be derived from either mons ("mountain") or munctor ("nose"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just over the promontory is an isthmus with a small sheltered beach semi-enclosed by two rocky arms.

    Tenacatita: hidden jewel

  • Though fishermen and picnickers sometimes appear in the afternoons or evenings, the lakefront on both sides of the promontory is pristine and undeveloped.

    The Wrath of Khan

  • Carmel -- the mountain promontory north of Israel, in Asher, abounding in rich pastures, olives, and vines.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • He had just become aware of the first dusky breath of the twilight, when a tiny sloop appeared, rounding the Deid Heid, as they called the promontory which closed in the bay on the east.

    Malcolm

  • The plants on the promontory are also changing with the season.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • At the tip of the promontory is the Dungeness nuclear power station.

    Dungeness's strange beauty under threat from shingle plan

  • Below the promontory was a level area, perfect for a trading settlement.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Libya which is called the promontory of Soloeis, he sailed on towards the South.

    The History of Herodotus

  • The promontory was a vast, high meadow flanked by jutting cliffs and broken steeps that narrowed, closing in as the elevation rose toward the level crest that was a jutting shoulder of great Cioudseeker, which stood in the distance behind like a gigantic, three-horned head draped in a sloping cowl.

    The Covenant of the Forge

  • Spread out around our promontory is a deep jagged valley plunging away from us on three sides, softening in its contours at its lower levels.

    Last Chance to See

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