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ˈprȯn How to pronounce prawn (audio)
: any of various widely distributed edible decapod crustaceans: such as
: one (as of the genera Pandalus and Penaeus) that resembles shrimp and has a large compressed abdomen
: shrimp
especially : a large shrimp


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prawned; prawning; prawns

intransitive verb

: to fish for or with prawns
prawner noun

Examples of prawn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There’s just enough space for our multiple orders of scallop tostadas; oyster shooters topped with dollops of caviar; and a plate of spot prawns. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Guests can order food and drinks — everything from tiger prawn Thai salad and carbonara pasta to Champagne and inventive mocktails. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024 The menu has dishes from Thailand, Vietnam and China, such as som tum salad, egg fried rice with prawns and mango sticky rice. Michele Robson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Tiger prawns peek out from among the cooked grains. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 For 28 years, the aliens (known as prawns), were prevented from returning home by the government and forced to live in District 9, a refugee camp where they are segregated from the general population. Ilana Gordon,, 19 Jan. 2024 Start with their pillowy focaccia, then savor a plate of tender South Pacific blue prawns in a garlicky salsa verde. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Ocean Motion: India food critic, journalist, TV personality and talk show host, Vir Sangi accompanies Rosenthal to Trishna, a superb seafood restaurant, for fish curry, charcoaled jumbo prawns, lobster in chili sauce and butter-garlic crab. Laura Manske, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Aromas from its classic dishes of honey walnut prawns, kung pao chicken, an assortment of chow mein and the famous banana cream pie continue to waft from the kitchen. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024
There are several Latin American influences, too, such as the lighter-than-air Tres Leches cake and the tiger prawns yello anticucho. Michele Robson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 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

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Word History



Middle English prane

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prawn was in the 15th century

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“Prawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of numerous widespread edible crustaceans that resemble shrimps
: shrimp entry 1 sense 1
especially : a large shrimp

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