\ 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

Synonyms for prance

Synonyms: Verb

sashay, stalk, strut, swagger

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Examples of prance in a Sentence


The singer pranced around on stage. The little boy pranced across the room in his cowboy costume.

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Robin Williams, clad in a dowdy dress, prancing around with a British accent. Elena Nicolaou,, "A Shout-Out To The Greatest Single Dads In Cinema History," 13 June 2019 Capture the sun rising above the crater wall, and zoom in on flocks of flamingos, bathing hippos, large herds of zebras, prancing antelope, elusive rhinos, and lions resting up for the nighttime hunt. National Geographic, "Tanzania High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 2019 In addition, eight foals will prance in an arena to show off their youthful spirit. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Tempel Farms showcases rare brown Lipizzan, 8 foals this season," 11 June 2019 From growing up and prancing around in my moms heels, to being a lil 10 year old girl watching Adriana walk out on that runway and only dreaming of doing it myself... Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Here's Every Model Walking in the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 8 Sep. 2018 Sporting an angelic blush-pink chiffon gown, Welch skipped, jumped and pranced side-to-side across the front row of the studio audience, twirling around as her fiery red hair spun along with her. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Florence + the Machine Prance & Spin Around 'Tonight Show' Audience For Enchanting 'Hunger' Performance: Watch," 17 May 2018 For all its ridiculousness, Mona brings all the attitude and confidence of a River Vixen to the scene, even though she's dressed in a jailer uniform while prancing around the set. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "That "Riverdale" Performance of "Jailhouse Rock" Is Eerily Like This "Pretty Little Liars" Scene," 18 Oct. 2018 For example, there was the revelation that Paul Manafort, Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager now on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud, used to prance around in a $15,000 ostrich jacket, an item straight out of a Tom Wolfe novel. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Fake, Fake Disgusting News”," 5 Aug. 2018 Cole shared another photo of Lili prancing through a flowery field, this time with a gushy, deep caption that fans had no trouble reading into and deciding was a veiled admission of undying love for Lili. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Get our daily newsletter Thousands of Nepalis had paid between 2,000 and 10,000 rupees ($19-96) for tickets to see Mr Khan prance on March 10th. The Economist, "Nepalese nationalists force a Bollywood muscleman to retreat," 28 Mar. 2018 Taking our last wistful stroll along the Rue des Peres, Pierre’s tiny-dog prance seemed all the more confident. New York Times, "In France, Our Dog Has His Day," 21 Feb. 2018 The highlight is the dragon dance, when teenagers from the church prance around in elaborate costumes with eyes that light up. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "One of Charlotte’s best food festivals is going on this weekend," 17 Feb. 2018 In the photo, Mrs. Trump uses what appears to be a special holiday Snapchat filter, as miniature reindeer prance around her head. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Melania Trump Finds Joy in a Christmas Selfie Filter," 26 Dec. 2017 Lights prance to Christmas music from dusk to midnight daily. Genny Howe, sacbee, "Where to see the best Christmas lights in town," 8 Dec. 2016

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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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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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