prawn

noun
\ 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

prawn

verb
prawned; prawning; prawns

Definition of prawn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or with prawns

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Other words from prawn

Verb

prawner noun

Examples of prawn in a Sentence

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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, latimes.com, "Phil Rosenthal's L.A. food crawl: Six spots to try," 29 June 2018 At the end of each day, get intimate with juicy red prawns that were caught that morning. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018 The Michelin-starred Dining Room (that, naturally, showcases British classics like Eggs Drumkilbo, an egg, prawn and lobster dish favored by the late Queen Mother) was designed by interiors heavyweight David Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 Another time, the kitchen substituted prawns for the crab, which the waiter encircled with a frothy foam of yogurt whey. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Menu choices include Brandt beef steaks, white Mexican prawns, grilled Kielbasa and all-beef hot dogs, charred corn on the cob, summer salads and dessert bar. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego restaurants burst 4th with Independence Day specials," 28 June 2018 Before tucking into scallops, prawns, and dumplings, guests mingled in the iconic dimly lit space over cocktails, including Mr. Chow’s famous lychee martinis. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "New York Goes Down Under for Camilla and Marc’s Resort 2019 Collection," 15 June 2018 The serious seafood starts after happy hour at dinner, with highlights like Charcoal prawns and house made squid ink pasta. Natalie B. Compton, SFChronicle.com, "Local uni divers share favorite Santa Barbara seafood spots," 13 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prawn

Noun

Middle English prane

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pravity

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prawn killer

prawny

Praxean

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

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More Definitions for prawn

prawn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prawn

: a large shrimp

: a small lobster with long, slender claws

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