\ 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 Frame after frame of horses galloping up cobblestone streets and prancing down beaches. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Aunt Ruth’s photo philosophy," 22 Apr. 2020 No need to skate through the Shark Head, or have SJ Sharkie prancing around the ice. Ross Mckeon,, "How NHL’s coronavirus stoppage could wreak havoc on Stanley Cup playoffs," 13 Mar. 2020 Naturally, this makes the singletons -- who have spent their time up to this point prancing around in string bikinis (the gals) and showing off their six-pack torsos (the guys) -– gasp and gripe. oregonlive, "‘Too Hot to Handle’: A sexed-up dating show that’s accidentally perfect for our social distancing era," 16 Apr. 2020 Because something about faint memories of prancing around in a mini cheerleader outfit with No. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "How the grandsons of Pacers legend Roger Brown uncovered his legacy," 10 Apr. 2020 In an almost perfect retort to the Broad City episode in which Abbi and Ilana cockily roll up to the bank to deposit a $8,000 check, Nora at one point prances through the city celebrating her own humble $379. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens," 22 Jan. 2020 The black lapdog pranced proudly when his turn came. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 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 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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7 May 2020

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“Prance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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