\ ˈprȯn How to pronounce prawn (audio) , ˈprän \

Definition of prawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various widely distributed edible decapod crustaceans: such as
a : one (as of the genera Pandalus and Penaeus) that resembles shrimp and has a large compressed abdomen
b : shrimp especially : a large shrimp


prawned; prawning; prawns

Definition of prawn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or with prawns

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Other Words from prawn


prawner noun

Examples of prawn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The restaurant will serve dishes like Haron’s laksa raviolo — handmade pasta with green rau ram, which is Vietnamese cilantro and a prawn-sambal filling — and Singapore chicken rice with crispy chicken instead of poached. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Her discerning eye was also drawn to a surprisingly charming Japanese bronze and copper articulated prawn—the perfect summer house gift for just the right person. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 10 May 2021 Mae Pranom Thai Chili Paste, essential for making Tom Yam Kung (hot-and-sour prawn soup), $10 at Amazon. Dallas News, 4 Dec. 2020 Quaintrelle’s menu leans lighter, with oysters or delicata rings in chili honey, a second course of farm greens or hamachi and prawns or duck confit for the savory third. oregonlive, 7 Mar. 2020 Customers who buy the kits from the website will also be able to order signature dishes that require less assembly, like chile prawns and pork dumplings. Brett Anderson, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2020 And amazingly, there is yet another ethical issue to consider with shrimp and prawns: the greenhouse gas emissions of farming them. Alicia Kennedy, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2020 This spaghetti with zucchini and prawns is a tasty and elegant Italian seafood pasta recipe. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2020 The restaurant will serve modern Greek dishes like honey and fig saganaki and kataifi prawns. Grace Wong,, 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another favorite is the tiger prawn sauté: tail-on jumbo shrimp, perfectly cooked with snappy exteriors and juicy meat, served over slices of French bread. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2019 Other dishes on the menu will speak to the global flavors introduced to Americans at that time, like tempura prawn with decidedly Southeast Asian flavors of tamarind, lime and chiles, or a house pappardelle with oxtail ragout. Joseph Hernandez,, 16 May 2017 The tides on the opener are unbelievably fantastic as many of us who dig this fishery finalize our prawning plans. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of prawn


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prawn


Middle English prane

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The first known use of prawn was in the 15th century

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14 May 2021

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“Prawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prawn

US : a large shrimp
: a small lobster with long, slender claws

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