\ 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

All the siblings participate in school activities; Julianna is class secretary and Maria Jr. was chosen prom queen. Jose Arredondo,, "Sandoval quads set to make San Antonio history again," 12 June 2019 People would wander in and clear away cans, still in their thrift-store prom dresses, or eat cold hangover pizza with no pants on. Aimée Lutkin, Curbed, "Losing a home you’ve already left," 6 June 2019 Last year, prom was all about crop tops and matching skirts. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Teens Are DIYing $40 Fashion Nova Dresses to Prom and the Looks Are Legit STUNNING," 29 May 2019 One friend recalls an almost-identical prom-night disaster in Paris; another remembers the MAC counter, imperfect but dependable, as the only option during her adolescence in Toronto. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "After the Fenty Phenomenon, What’s Next for Inclusivity in Beauty?," 18 Mar. 2019 Teens at Oceanside High outside of N.Y.C. had the most memorable prom night ever thanks to a very unexpected party crasher — Bella Hadid! Colleen Kratofil,, "Bella Hadid Crashes a High School Prom Wearing a Black Juicy Tracksuit," 26 June 2018 Akinseye imagines being carefree about the little things too, like kissing his date on prom night. Dana Lee, Indianapolis Star, "Northwest senior battles depression, bullying to emerge as valedictorian," 11 June 2018 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

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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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