\ 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

There's a poignant romantic shimmer, too, in a prom-night sequence — a veil of hopeful light that will soon be in shreds. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Waves': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 In the second series, a scuffle at school prom is intercut with euphoric street scenes following the 1994 cease-fire by the Irish Republican Army. Alice Jones, New York Times, "In ‘Derry Girls,’ the Lighter Side of Life in a Conflict Zone," 31 July 2019 Last year, the Catholic school faced scrutiny for their plan to hand out modesty ponchos at prom to girls whose dresses were deemed too revealing. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Female Divine Child High School students protest 'modesty' lesson," 11 June 2019 In the second of the series’s six-episode seasons, the kids from Our Lady Immaculate scramble to get concert tickets and make plans for a prom — typical teenage business. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Why Netflix’s Derry Girls is the perfect show to stream this weekend," 2 Aug. 2019 Determined not to miss out, the Winston-Salem teen decided to go with her friends to her prom on April 13. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "North Carolina Teen Finds Gas Station Fairy Godmother Amidst Bumpy Start to Prom Night," 7 June 2019 The Prom’’ revolves around a band of hammy Broadway actors who launch a crusade after an Indiana high schooler is denied the right to take her girlfriend to the prom. Don Aucoin,, "Onstage, a youth movement that holds a mirror to teen angst," 25 July 2019 The couple had been dates to the junior prom, but prosecutors said Pierce-Morris had found someone else. Tim Prudente,, "Jury convicts Baltimore man of murdering ex-girlfriend on high school bleachers," 15 July 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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