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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)

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 The clip opens with the newlyweds enjoying their tropical honeymoon, complete with the first annual Married At First Sight prom. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 On Sunday, July 10, Jennifer Lopez gave this classic ’90s prom hair the perfect modern update, swapping those iconic face-framing pieces for two twisted braids. Sam Reed, Glamour, 11 July 2022 Franklin, who also was in the care of DCFS, was looking forward to her senior year at Curie High School and was anxiously awaiting the prom, a relative said from Florida, where family members were spending the Fourth of July holiday. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 3 July 2022 Smith has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank, a homeless shelter, youth soccer programs and the Night to Shine prom experience for special needs students. Reports, al, 23 June 2022 Those include dances, Carmel GradFest and after prom. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 In Baltimore, 17-year-old Jasmine Brunson was fatally shot at an after-prom party; police are still searching for the suspect in his death as of Friday. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 10 June 2022 Weeks earlier, a pregnant woman and her fiancé were killed outside their home and a high school junior was shot to death after his prom. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 8 June 2022 A day after that, a high school junior would be fatally shot at an after-prom party. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 4 June 2022 See More

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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 entry 2

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5 Aug 2022

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“Prom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of prom

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

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