\ 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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prawner noun

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From the fragrant, garlicky sting of mammoth prawns splashed with mole verde to the rustic elegance of an unctuous cut of roasted Iberico de bellota pork. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Chingri Bhaaja — large prawns seasoned and fried in ghee — are deliciously fragrant and make a wonderful starter., "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 The belly-bursting Moksha Feast ($28) platter, meanwhile, combines chicken tikka, malal kabab, tandoori prawns, tulsi kabab, lamb chops, rosemary naan and black lentils. Phillip Valys,, "Moksha Indian Brasserie spices up Fort Lauderdale with cuisine from Michelin-starred chef," 10 June 2019 Spicy jumbo prawns complement the minerality of Artesia’s Albarino, and chorizo and potato pintxos stand up to the weight of the 2014 limited-edition Cabernet Sauvignon. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "The Wine Country Tasting Room Is Dead. But Long Live Wine Country," 9 June 2019 Highlights include prime New York strip with yam pavé and truffle; squid-ink chitarra with ridgeback prawns and chef Jeremy Fox's signature peas and white chocolate. Julie Giuffrida,, "Where to eat out for Valentine's Day dinner," 5 Feb. 2018 Salim, a reedy 40-year-old with a wispy goatee, once had a fishing boat and earned enough money catching prawns to build a house of brick and concrete for his family of four in western Myanmar’s Maungdaw district. Shashank Bengali,, "Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them," 19 June 2018 Some of the sample dishes sound straight out of a Venice Beach diet: wild caught prawn ceviche and lavosh, seared organic chicken and zucchini pappardelle, lemon angel food cake with blueberry topping. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Flight May Also Be the World's Longest Spa Treatment," 17 Aug. 2018 Take your pick of lobster, prawns, or crab, grab a cold one, and enjoy. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Flights to Lisbon from $539 Round-Trip," 14 Dec. 2018

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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,, "Hollywood-inspired BLVD releases details on its luxe menu," 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, "Tony Floor’s Tackle Box filled with plenty of spring fishing options from spot shrimp to summer salmon planning," 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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prawn killer



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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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