\ 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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Live spot prawns come arranged in a circle, facing upward, as if kneeling to say thank-you for the opportunity, a small bouquet of flowers nestled in the center. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "High-End Hot Pot Heats Up in the U.S.," 11 Aug. 2019 The overall course progression remains about the same today, starting with prawns and grapefruit wrapped in bitter betel leaf or diver scallops and coconut cream cradled in a crispy rice cup that collapses on the tongue. Michael Russell,, "Langbaan serves Thai-inspired tasting menus in a hidden room behind Portland’s PaaDee (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 The menu includes spicy pork ears, fried prawns, Chongqing noodles and boiled fish with pickled cabbage and chiles. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "Amá•cita, Tex-Mex with an L.A. twist, opens in Culver City; Taco Drama in Koreatown," 16 July 2019 What appeared several minutes later were deep-fried prawns tossed in a creamy mixture of garlic, ginger, ground chiles and mayonnaise. Howie Southworth, Washington Post, "This Chinese street-food sauce will give your next cookout a real bang bang," 23 July 2019 Fried prawns and spicy pork ears in the SGV Sichuan Classic Kitchen is now open in Artesia. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "Amá•cita, Tex-Mex with an L.A. twist, opens in Culver City; Taco Drama in Koreatown," 16 July 2019 Use your bathroom break to scan the seafood offerings inside the restaurant and consider an order of West African salt prawns. Christina Tkacik,, "A fun, millennial vibe and tasty fare at Ouzo Beach," 18 July 2019 Huge, sweet, head-on prawns were plucked from the gulf, roasted, and bathed in fruity-hot Calabrian chile butter. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019 The day’s catch can include sea urchin, rock crab and spot prawns, plus a variety of whole fish. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hotel Del Coronado reaches first milestone — a new ocean-view restaurant — on its way to $200M transformation," 29 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of prawn

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

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