\ 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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San Diego Like a proud Spanish stallion, the art of Spain’s Golden Age has in recent years pranced out of the background and claimed its rightful status in the top ranks of Western art. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain’ Review: Beyond Iberian Borders," 10 June 2019 Woodley is prancing around in the ocean to Sufjan Stevens. Vogue, "Big Little Lies Is Campier, Funnier, and Better Than Ever," 6 June 2019 That was a clear choice made here: these birds and cheetahs and giraffes are not high-fiving, making selfie-faces or prancing on two legs (well, most of them) but rather walking, resting and nuzzling as actual animals would. John Wenzel, The Know, "“The Lion King” review: Disney’s CGI remake finds only fleeting beauty," 11 July 2019 Though the last section may be a polka in meter, there’s nothing light and prancing about it. Janine Parker,, "An intensely joyful performance from Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob’s Pillow," 18 July 2019 Inspired by nature, animals, and classic literature, her pieces leap out of real books, prancing across the sheets or nesting right in between, with the words still wrapped around their now-solid forms. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "These Incredible Sculptures Are Made From Book Pages," 22 July 2019 Griffin pranced on stage wearing black jeans and a black T-shirt. Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Griffin fell from the D-list to the S-list. She’s clawing her way back," 18 July 2019 The shop dog, Paris, a silver toy poodle, prances around like a wind-up Steiff toy. Catherine Blinder,, "Neighborhood barbershops: A place to belong, to talk truths, to become men," 10 July 2019 Prabal’s friends, including fellow designer Victor Glemaud, toasted with Glenlivet whiskey drinks while model muses pranced with panache in sherbet pinks and purples. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Celebrated New York Pride With a Gorgeous Garden Party in Brooklyn," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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