\ˈprȯn, 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

c : langoustine


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

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Baron spotlights sweet spot prawns caught by Adam Aliotti of the Ocean Warrior boat, one of only three people with a spot prawn fishing permit for the Monterey Bay. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salt Wood Kitchen highlights local seafood in Monterey," 29 May 2018 Mackerel, prawns, trout, and spanner crab usually make an appearance. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Think seared wild salmon over rice pilaf topped with creamy avocado tzatziki sauce and fresh tomato oregano relish; shrimp and white wine squid-ink ravioli with prawns sautéed in a roasted garlic white wine butter sauce. Lauren Daley,, "Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat," 23 May 2018 Customers and critics alike rave about their bracing white wines and sherries, and the seafood-heavy offerings like oysters, white prawns a la plancha, and cockles with vinho verde and garlic. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "The Best New York Restaurants for a Bathroom Selfie," 14 Apr. 2018 Everyone dumps their leftover scallop shells and pork bones onto the big platter at the center of the table, but the whiskey isn’t done yet and there’s some prawns left to go. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 For lunch, Mookhi is filling stackable steel lunch boxes with lamb, prawns, vegetables, basmati rice, dal bhukara and house salad. Jenn Harris,, "This new Mid-Wilshire dessert shop specializes in one thing: s'mores," 22 May 2018 Chan plops an extra prawn onto the plate of his neighbor and tells TIME to add The Graduate to his list of favorite films. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Rosenthal’s order: pani puri, butter chicken, Afghani seekh kabob, Frankie Indian street wrap, Malai chicken tikka Frankie Indian street wrap, papadum and chutneys, heirloom tomato and caramelized pineapple salad and Goan prawn masala. Jenn Harris,, "Phil Rosenthal's L.A. food crawl: Six spots to try," 29 June 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

: a large shrimp

: a small lobster with long, slender claws

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a nest or breeding place

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