PRONUNCIATION: (PROM-uhn-tor-ee, -tree)

MEANING: noun:
1. A point of high land projecting into a body of water.
2. A projecting part of the body, for example, of a bone.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin promontorium, alteration of promunturium, influenced by mons (mountain). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (project), which is also the source of menace, mountain, eminent, promenade, demean, amenable, mouth, and minatory. Earliest documented use: 1548.

PROMONITORY - in favor of watchers

PROTON TORY - a subatomic British politician

PROMO-STORY - an infomercial