\ˈpräm \

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

Larson, who will turn 26 years old this month but still seems like a kid on his way to his first prom, might be the best second-place racer of all time. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Larson continues to prove he's a serious NASCAR title contender," 2 July 2018 The 18-year-old wanted to honor his great-grandmother Antone by taking her to his senior prom at the Seattle Art Museum in June. Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle great-grandmother of 20 makes it to prom," 1 July 2018 In 2016, Rodriguez loaned her first Golden Globes dress to a fan, who wore it to her senior prom. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Gina Rodriguez uses Emmys campaign money to fund scholarship for undocumented student," 21 June 2018 Wint, who designed a green, satin gown for her prom, will attend the London College of Fashion. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Windsor Trio Sets Sights On Higher Ed, High Fashion," 19 June 2018 Westlake, to celebrate and dance the night away at their prom. Anne Nickoloff,, "North Olmsted High School celebrates 2018 prom at La Centre (photos)," 13 May 2018 The photo was reportedly taken at a Baraboo High School prom by photography company Wheel Memories, which posted it on their website. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Wisconsin High School Investigates Photo of Students Seemingly Doing Nazi Salute," 12 Nov. 2018 The versatility is the best part: whether her hair is pulled half-back, up in a pony, or down and flowing, her face-framing layers manage to skirt the look of prom-y tendrils. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I'm Lowkey Stalking Dakota Johnson's Hair," 12 Oct. 2018 Wearing a gorgeous, custom Calvin Klein fuchsia gown that was definitely reminiscent of one of Kelly Kapowski's prom outfits, Rihanna looked totally stunning at Sephora inside JCPenney in Brooklyn. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Just Celebrated Fenty Beauty’s First Birthday in a Show-Stopping Fuchsia Gown," 15 Sep. 2018

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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

: 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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