\ 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

In May, two teenagers took their prom photos at a Pennsylvania Taco Bell. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Illinois woman chooses Taco Bell for 101st birthday, is 'hooked' on Nacho Fries," 15 Aug. 2018 That's exactly what happened to Megan Hughes, who can be seen in these recently unearthed prom photos another high school pal of Obama's shared with Time. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Morning Headlines: Eva Longoria Graduates, Obama Gets Lei'ed at the Prom — and More," 23 May 2013 There are so many ways to go all out with a promposal, from dressing up as a hot dog to offering a full vacation to your potential prom date (hey, it’s happened!). Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "These Celebs Have the *Best* Promposal Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 Which television star was Ms. Tagliafierro’s high-school prom date? Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "State Street: Albany Lawmakers Eye Campaign Finance Reform, but Activists Want More," 13 Jan. 2019 Lariq Byrd, headed to his prom date’s house – with flowers and a corsage. Helen Ubiñas,, "Gunshot victim goes to prom, with the help of Magee Rehab | Helen Ubiñas," 5 June 2018 To help ease students' pain, Miller asked her staff to donate their time and services to girls preparing for the prom. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Moved by school tragedy, community comes together to give Parkland seniors a prom to remember," 5 May 2018 What does picking cotton and picking someone for prom have to do with anything? Breanna Edwards, The Root, "#LifeComesAtYouFast: Florida Student at Center of Racist Promposal Will Not Attend Prom, Graduation," 25 Apr. 2018 Younis said the students have been preparing for the prom for about two months. Libby Solomon,, "At Catonsville High's "senior citizen prom," seniors take the dance floor," 29 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of prom

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


\ ˈpräm How to pronounce prom (audio) \

Kids Definition of prom

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

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