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prowess

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noun prow·ess \ˈprau̇-əs also ˈprō-\

Simple Definition of prowess

  • : great ability or skill

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prowess

  1. 1 :  distinguished bravery; especially :  military valor and skill

  2. 2 :  extraordinary ability <his prowess on the football field>

Examples of prowess in a sentence

  1. He is known for his prowess on the football field.

  2. their naval and military prowess



Origin of prowess

Middle English prouesse, from Anglo-French pruesse, prowesse, from prou


First Known Use: 13th century


PROWESS Defined for Kids

prowess

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noun prow·ess \ˈprau̇-əs\

Definition of prowess for Students

  1. 1 :  great bravery especially in battle

  2. 2 :  very great ability <athletic prowess>





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