\ 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

Other Words from prawn


prawner noun

Examples of prawn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flavors sing, especially in the blue prawn with chintextle, a rich Oaxacan smoked chili paste. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Sesame seeds are sprinkled on the prawn toast before frying in a British and Australian variation. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 The Gualala Seafood Shack serves Louie salads, prawn sandwiches and New England-style chowder. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Early ideas include handheld tavern fare such as oysters on the half shell, Crystal hot sauce deviled eggs and jumbo prawn cocktails, plus whole leaf Caesar salads, steak frites and a chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich inspired by Burger King. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 The green papaya salad with prawn, mint and peanuts is crisp and refreshing. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 From Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas bonbons, chicken causa limeña, prawn and squid ink baos to a vegan chocolate and tofu cake, Cava's versatility pairs perfectly with classic recipes worldwide. John Mariani, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 For a complex yet fruity experience, try it with prawn tacos. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Williams’ food will draw upon the Japanese heritage on his mother’s side and feature dishes like sungold tomato with cherry and verbena; spot prawn with ennis hazelnut and honey; and the option to add a Hokkaido uni pizza. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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13 Jul 2022

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“Prawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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