prairie

noun, often attributive prai·rie \ ˈprer-ē \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of prairie

1 : land in or predominantly in grass
2 : a tract of grassland: such as
a : a large area of level or rolling land in the Mississippi River valley that in its natural uncultivated state usually has deep fertile soil, a cover of tall coarse grasses, and few trees
b : one of the dry treeless plateaus east of the Rocky Mountains that merge on their east side with the prairies proper and are characterized by shorter grasses and drier less fertile soil

Examples of prairie in a Sentence

  1. Millions of buffalo once roamed the prairies.

  2. The train tracks extend over miles of prairie.

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Origin and Etymology of prairie

French, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prataria, from Latin pratum meadow


PRAIRIE Defined for English Language Learners

prairie

Definition of prairie for English Language Learners

  • : a large, mostly flat area of land in North America that has few trees and is covered in grasses


PRAIRIE Defined for Kids

prairie

noun prai·rie \ ˈprer-ē \

Definition of prairie for Students

: a large area of level or rolling grassland


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