\ ˈprȯŋ How to pronounce prong (audio) , ˈpräŋ \

Definition of prong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fork
2 : a tine of a fork
3 : a slender pointed or projecting part: such as
a : a fang of a tooth
b : a point of an antler
4 : something resembling a prong


pronged; pronging; prongs

Definition of prong (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stab, pierce, or break up with a pronged device

Examples of prong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second prong of the plaintiffs’ argument is that the whole law must stand or fall in its entirety. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Supreme Court Obamacare case centers on technicalities, but much more is at stake," 10 Nov. 2020 The other prong was to get Notre Dame players off the field as soon as possible. USA TODAY, "'Mass incoming': Notre Dame AD addresses fan surge in Clemson post-game amid COVID-19 spike in area," 9 Nov. 2020 Under the three-prong employment test proposed by the court, Uber and Lyft drivers appeared to be employees, not contractors. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Contractors," 4 Nov. 2020 More interesting is the second prong of the Beijing-beats-the-world myth: the economy. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Beijing’s Covid Recovery Isn’t So Enviable," 22 Oct. 2020 In a second prong to the litigation, Sabraw has ordered attorneys and government agencies to hammer out a protocol for handling future separations, including an interagency database to track families and ensure easier reunification. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge urges push to find 545 parents separated from children at the border," 22 Oct. 2020 The internet lost its mind over Matthew Williams’s three-prong sandals at Givenchy. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2021 Accessories Trend Report," 15 Oct. 2020 The other prong of Xi's crackdown is aimed at giving new life to the atheist party's dedication to the eradication of religion in general. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Vatican defends China bishop negotiations on eve of US visit," 29 Sep. 2020 The Apple Watch is the physical manifestation of the company’s health-care play, and perhaps the most important but least understood prong of the company’s new business model anchored around services rather than gadget sales. Washington Post, "Apple’s new watch event draws attention to its health-care play," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The chat reportedly suggested the members had strong ties to the police force, which then brought police corruption into the multi-pronged scandal. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "Burning Sun Scandal: A Timeline of Allegations, Arrests and Involvement of Several K-Pop Stars [Updated]," 24 Mar. 2019 Apparently, there's now a new twist on the classic shape, looking a little more modern with an oval center stone and spiky pronged diamonds surrounding it. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "A Replica of Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Is Now Available for Less Than $35," 2 Aug. 2019 The solutions, according to the Bay Area Equity Atlas report and Price’s work, have to be multi-pronged in order to really tackle the problems of housing affordability. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Women of color face highest rent burden in Bay Area," 13 Aug. 2019 Few hardware manufacturers have convinced other game makers that their strange, proprietary chips—full of multi-pronged, work-in-tandem processors or cores—are worth those system-specific headaches. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 There’s no definitive diagnostic test for schizophrenia, so doctors will typically take a multi-pronged approach. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 Google, which has been under fire for being one of the biggest enablers of fake news, is now fighting back with a new multi-pronged, $300 million plan to elevate quality journalism. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Google embraces the news with new initiative to fight misinformation," 20 Mar. 2018 To answer these questions, the researchers launched a multi-pronged analysis. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Many glaciers letting rivers run low, others are falling apart," 27 Jan. 2018 The indictments of the 13 Russians relate to just one prong of a multi-pronged investigation. Jeff Darcy,, "Ingraham loses to LeBron, Constitution: Darcy cartoon," 20 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prong.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of prong


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prong


Middle English pronge

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prong

Time Traveler for prong

Time Traveler

The first known use of prong was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for prong

Last Updated

14 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prong


How to pronounce prong (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prong

: one of the long points of a fork or similar object
: one of the small metal parts of an electrical plug that fit into the holes in an outlet


\ ˈprȯŋ How to pronounce prong (audio) \

Kids Definition of prong

1 : one of the sharp points of a fork
2 : a slender part that sticks out (as a point of an antler)

More from Merriam-Webster on prong

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for prong

Nglish: Translation of prong for Spanish Speakers

Comments on prong

What made you want to look up prong? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!