• IPA: /ˈseɪljənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈseɪ.ljənt/, /ˈseɪ.li.ənt/


  1. Worthy of note; pertinent or relevant.
    Synonyms: pertinent, relevant, Thesaurus:pertinent
    The article is not exhaustive, but it covers the salient points pretty well.
  2. Prominent; conspicuous.
    Antonyms: obscure, trivial
    • 1834, George Bancroft, History of the United States of America, from the discovery of the American continent
      He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor general comprehensiveness of mind.
  3. (heraldry, usually of a quadruped) Depicted in a leaping posture.
    a lion salient
  4. (often military) Projecting outwards, pointing outwards.
    a salient angle
  5. (obsolete) Moving by leaps or springs; jumping.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
      frogs and salient animals
  6. (obsolete) Shooting or springing out; projecting.
    • He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action.
  7. (geometry) Denoting any angle less than two right angles.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: saillant
  • Russian: выдаю́щийся
  • Russian: ска́чущий

salient (plural salients)

  1. (military) An outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense.

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