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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

ball, cotillion (also cotillon), dance, formal, hop

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Examples of prom in a Sentence


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

Their prom picture was featured in the Mukwonago Chief newspaper. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She wrote about him in her fifth-grade diary. Now she's marrying him — in a $25,000 wedding they won.," 3 July 2019 Kristen just happened to be a popular, blond, blue-eyed cheerleader who ruled our high school class along with her prom-king, football-playing boyfriend. Mai Pham, Orange County Register, "First Person: A Vietnamese American writer finds her identity," 6 June 2019 Circus fire survivor Michael Bailardo pictured at age 18 with his date and two friends at Bulkeley High School's senior prom in 1956. Michael Hamad,, "The living survivors of the Hartford circus fire still carry the scars from the tragic day. Hear their stories in this interactive oral history.," 27 June 2019 Given Williamson’s enthusiastic grin and steadied, confident pace to the stage to grip and grin with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the lack of necktie gave him a certain prom king swagger that wasn’t unwarranted. Adam Tschorn,, "Stylewise, the 2019 NBA draft was all about what you didn’t see," 21 June 2019 Belgea will pitch in to provide sandwiches at Saturday’s prom. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "A night to remember: Community works to create a prom for adults with disabilities," 19 June 2019 But the one place that best sums up Serenbe is unassuming: a wood walkway over what looks like a green meadow (and a popular place for high school prom photos). Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 Cassie had an after prom party in the childhood home Christina renovated. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Christina Anstead's Best Friend, Cassie Zebisch," 12 June 2019 Ashley loved makeup and high heels; a prom photo shows her grinning in a cloud of fuchsia and tangerine tulle. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019

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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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The first known use of prom was in 1879

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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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