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ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio)
 archaic  ˈprō
: the bow of a ship : stem
: a pointed projecting front part

Examples of prow in a Sentence

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The Flatiron Building, whose prow has nosed up Broadway across 23rd Street since its completion in 1902, has housed its last office tenant and is going residential, The Real Deal first reported this morning. Curbed, 26 Oct. 2023 My room, modeled on a Parisian atelier, featured the prow of an early-20th-century boat jutting from one wall. Gary Shteyngart, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Aug. 2023 Whenever the beach goes underwater and the waves move in, this corner building looks like the prow of a ship lost at sea. Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Aircraft carriers, and most other ships, also have sharp prows, the front part of a ship above the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Aug. 2023 The post tells a story in two pictures: the first shows a sharply curved aircraft carrier prow that narrows to a knifelike point, which to some implies the entire bottom of the ship is knifelike. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Aug. 2023 Hurtig, a lanky forward with a prow of bright-blond hair, loped toward the ball and sent a low, hard shot. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2023 Bezos' boat, named Koru, which symbolizes new beginnings, notably has a wooden sculpture that resembles his fiancée on the prow. Charlotte Triggs, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2023 The researchers note that its heavy prow and stern may not have fared well in fast currents, suggesting that it may have been created for ritual purposes rather than practical ones. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French pru, prou — more at proud


Middle French proue, probably from Old Italian dialect prua, from Latin prora, from Greek prōira

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prow was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the bow of a ship

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