\ 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

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

My only worries were what my dress color and heels were going to be for junior prom. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "“I Was Taken to a Huge Cage”," 14 Aug. 2018 As youth across the country are currently redefining the nature of prom, Jaden Smith tapped into the mood of the moment on social media yesterday. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jaden Smith Goes to Prom in a Very Gen-Z Suit," 31 May 2018 Earlier this week, Madison Hefner and Rance Henry prepped for the Magnolia High School prom with a quick bite ‒ and portrait session ‒ at their favorite local fast-food chain. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Texas teens take prom photos at Whataburger," 23 May 2018 The bride, who was captain of the cheerleading team, boldly invited the groom, who was an underclassman and debate club president, to the junior prom. Jessica Morris, New York Times, "Jessica Morris, Graham Garlinghouse," 22 Apr. 2018 The Columbia Board of Education discusses the possibility of a sobriety checkpoint at the entrance of the prom. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "At this Missouri high school, every kid going to prom must take a Breathalyzer test | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Stock said denying a guest pass for prom is not new. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "An Eagle River High dropout posted a photo of a gun on Twitter. That got him barred from prom.," 3 Apr. 2018 New York City is the fashion hub of the United States, which is why girls from all over the country flock here to hunt for the illusive perfect prom dress. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "All the Best Places to Shop for Prom Dresses in New York City," 29 Jan. 2019 Students, parents and teachers from Christopher Columbus High School took to social media to say that the tiger at Friday's prom was animal abuse. CBS News, "Florida high school regrets displaying caged tiger at prom," 14 May 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

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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