\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) \

Definition of prow

 (Entry 1 of 2)



\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) , archaic ˈprō \

Definition of prow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the bow of a ship : stem
2 : a pointed projecting front part

Examples of prow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The architect gave it a prow-like wall of windows that juts toward the lake, common in post and beam. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.6M hideaway on Lake Lapeer stuns with views of shore and nature," 8 Aug. 2020 The Cape is a massive prow, a knobby 1,300-foot-high headland that plunges directly to the sea from the southernmost flank of Isla Hornos. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 Forward depicts a woman standing on the prow of a boat, the figure-head of which is 'Old Abe,' according to the Historical society. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the Forward statue that was toppled during Madison protests," 24 June 2020 The rounded prow facing northeast is cloaked in rich bands of vertical blue. John King, SFChronicle.com, "BART’s new South Bay stations have grand ambitions — and mixed results," 21 June 2020 The set design, by John Macfarlane, was dominated by the menacing prow of a ship—oddly, not the Dutchman’s but Daland’s. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Valery Gergiev Weighs Down the Met’s New “Flying Dutchman”," 16 Mar. 2020 The thieves entered through the prow, broke into the tomb, and stole what is thought now to have been the most valuable grave goods, scattering the bones in the process. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2016/05-06/viking-oseberg-ship.html," 30 Dec. 2019 The Alnic’s prow gouged a 28-foot-wide hole into two sleeping quarters, known as Berthing 3 and Berthing 5. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, "The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money.," 20 Dec. 2019 The ship’s bulbous prow thrust upward, riding a ledge, penguins scattering in its path. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prow


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

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“Prow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prow. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prow

: the front of a ship


\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) \

Kids Definition of prow

: the bow of a ship

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