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prow

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adjective \ˈprau̇\

Definition of prow

archaic

  1. :  valiant, gallant

Origin and Etymology of prow

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


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prow

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noun \ˈprau̇, archaic ˈprō\

Definition of prow

  1. 1 :  the bow of a ship :  stem

  2. 2 :  a pointed projecting front part

Recent Examples of prow from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of prow

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

Other Nautical Terms


PROW Defined for English Language Learners

prow

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noun

Definition of prow for English Language Learners

  • : the front of a ship


PROW Defined for Kids

prow

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noun \ˈprau̇\

Definition of prow for Students

  1. :  the bow of a ship



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