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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

Examples of prawn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 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, "Fat Rice, an Acclaimed Chicago Restaurant, Shifts to Meal Kits," 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, "The Problem With Shrimp," 13 Apr. 2020 This spaghetti with zucchini and prawns is a tasty and elegant Italian seafood pasta recipe. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 The restaurant will serve modern Greek dishes like honey and fig saganaki and kataifi prawns. Grace Wong,, "New Gold Coast spot with live music, rustic American fare in Aurora, and more Chicagoland restaurant openings and closings," 13 Nov. 2019 Though this recipe calls for prawns, it can easily be made with chicken, lamb, or other types of seafood. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "Miss Flying? These Emirates Chefs Will Teach You How to Make Their Most Popular In-flight Dishes," 24 Apr. 2020 Alaska spot prawns with their sweet flavor and delicate texture are among my favorite ingredients. Anchorage Daily News, "Come for baguettes, stay for lunch: Fire Island bakeries branch out with sandwiches and pizza," 19 Sep. 2019 The shop's case recently featured with snapper, branzino, live prawns and salmon among other seafood. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "The food-lover's guide to finding meat, eggs, produce and more in metro Phoenix," 1 Apr. 2020 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, "The Oyster Bar and Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas: Splurge-worthy decadent dining," 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,, "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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The first known use of prawn was in the 15th century

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“Prawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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