\ ˈpräm How to pronounce prom (audio) \

Definition of prom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a formal dance given by a high school or college class
2 British : promenade sense 2

Definition of prom (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for prom

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of prom in a Sentence

Noun Are you going to the prom? he resolved to ask her to the school prom at the first opportunity
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’d be no prom, no driving a Bentley to the big dance. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 No senior prom, no senior trips, not even a senior spring break. al, "Here’s what Alabama’s Class of 2020 has to say," 19 June 2020 Ayesha went to fill out a job application at a local pharmacy to earn some cash to pay for prom, and there Steve was behind the counter. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Ayesha And Steve's Gold And White Wedding Deserves An Award," 17 June 2020 The plan is to hold a dinner at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant with an after-prom-like event held at Swings-N-Things Fun Park. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview High School’s Class of 2020 enjoys Senior Showcase and virtual commencement ceremony," 15 June 2020 The unofficial prom event was held in Katy on May 28. Ally Mauch,, "At Least 13 Texas High School Students Test Positive for Coronavirus After Unsanctioned Prom," 9 June 2020 Students finished their school year online from home, having to come to terms with the cancelation of in-person activities and traditional senior moments like prom. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball ISD seniors experience outdoor graduation at Woodforest Bank Stadium in light of COVID-19," 13 June 2020 They didn’t get dolled up for prom, compete in spring sports or travel for a class trip. Alissa Widman Neese And Max Londberg, USA TODAY, "Valedictorians worked years to land 2020 graduation speeches - now given to empty rooms, cameras," 13 June 2020 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Center Grove track and field athlete Kiyah Yeast and many other high school seniors won't get to participate in their final athletic seasons and milestones, such as prom. Robert Scheer, The Indianapolis Star, "'I haven't had a chance to say goodbye': These 13 high schoolers had senior year upended," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of prom


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prom


short for promenade

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29 Jun 2020

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“Prom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prom

US : a formal dance for high school students usually at the end of the school year


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Kids Definition of prom

: a usually formal dance given by a high school or college class

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