\ ˈpran(t)s How to pronounce prance (audio) \
pranced; prancing

Definition of prance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
2 : to ride on a prancing horse
3 : to walk or move in a spirited manner : strut also : to dance about

transitive verb

: to cause (a horse) to prance



Definition of prance (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of prancing specifically : a prancing movement

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prancer \ ˈpran(t)-​sər How to pronounce prancer (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of prance in a Sentence

Verb The singer pranced around on stage. The little boy pranced across the room in his cowboy costume.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Egyptian depiction of a slender, generic dog closely resembles the emoji of a prancing canine in profile. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Emojis Meet Hieroglyphs: If King Tut Could Text," 22 Jan. 2020 Will, dressed as the Grinch, forcefully pushed forward his scooper to pick up the first pile of manure in their path as Cathy and Ger pranced near him, to cheers and laughter. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade 2020: Skies were blue, spirits high as parade worked to broaden outreach," 1 Jan. 2020 Channeling Rihanna’s attitude as well as her style, Beau Jangless pranced around in a leopard bodysuit and fur stole. Vogue, "Halloween Was Kicked Off at Selby Drummond and Mazurbate’s “Post From the Grave” Themed Celebration," 28 Oct. 2019 First came Nikki, a 1-year-old boxer-Shar-Pei mix, who pranced in the room. Marie Fazio,, "Chicago shelter takes in animals from South Carolina displaced by Hurricane Dorian," 5 Sep. 2019 The song's original video is a testament to low-key music video making, featuring grainy, home movie-esque footage of Carey prancing around in holiday scenes. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Mariah Carey Just Dropped a New "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Video," 20 Dec. 2019 In the shots, the animals strike sweet poses while the dancers prance around them in full Nutcracker regalia. Kelli Bender,, "Nutcracker Ballerinas Visit Shelter to Dance with Adoptable Sugarplum Pets," 6 Nov. 2019 Jermaine Whitehead, Greedy Williams and Adarius Taylor all grasped for air as Fant pranced past them into the end zone for the 14-3 lead with 12:34 left in the half. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns lose 24-19 to the Broncos to fall to 2-6 and all but kill their playoff chances," 4 Nov. 2019 And then, in top of the fourth, something bizarre happened that has become part of baseball lore: A black cat appeared in front of the Cubs dugout and pranced back and forth a few times before disappearing into the bowels of the ballpark. Paul Lukas,, "'It's My One Claim to Fame': The Untold Story of the Cubs’ Black Cat Jinx," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each night, 2,800 shells explode, four fire barges are deployed, water fountains prance and a 28-foot-wide globe acts as the centerpiece. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Faithful ‘IllumiNations’ fans prep for Epcot show’s final finale," 25 Sep. 2019 Horses prance to the thundering beats of banda sinaloense. Los Angeles Times, "Pepe Aguilar’s ‘Rodeo Without Borders’ evokes old Mexico, with touches of L.A.," 15 Sep. 2019 But live, as the bounce and prance, pound and churn, as the rainbow confetti costumes come out, CHAI is magnificent. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: A dramatic day 2 brings disco, a marching band and matching outfits," 20 July 2019 The best collegiate players in the country preen and prance nightly before Major League scouts, and gems emerge from diamonds. Bill Higgins,, "Cape Cod baseball, where the grass is real and the price is right," 16 July 2019 Seeing the beloved creature of my childhood petrified mid-prance in perpetuity was crushing. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony," 8 July 2019 Please enjoy — because those folks in the background watching the robot prance around certainly are. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can run up stairs without watching its steps," 5 July 2018 Then Remus coolly jumps out of the pool himself, and the two prance off together, wagging tails. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "Dog rescues his pooch friend from drowning in a pool," 17 May 2018 Bogart is living with Markle’s friends back in North America, whereas Guy gets to live in London and prance among the royal corgis. 2., "15 Things Meghan Markle Can't Do Now That She’s A Royal," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of prance


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prance


Middle English prauncen

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The first known use of prance was in the 14th century

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27 Feb 2020

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“Prance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prance

: to walk or move in a lively and proud way
of a horse : to move by taking high steps : to lift each hoof up high when moving


\ ˈprans How to pronounce prance (audio) \
pranced; prancing

Kids Definition of prance

1 : to move by taking high steps horses prancing
2 : to walk or move in a lively and proud way She pranced around in her new dress.

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