\ 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 pavilion, with its cathedral-like Windhover Hall, prow-like feature jutting toward Lake Michigan, and movable wings that serve as a sunscreen, known as the Burke Brise Soleil, has attracted global attention to both the museum and the city. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2022 Dipping below the prow reveals a set of light clusters at both ends of the vehicle. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2022 The composition looked like the prow of a ship moving steadily ahead through water. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Park is known for having a sanctuary shaped like the prow of a ship, with a massive copper dome on top that gives the building a distinctive silhouette. Steven Litt, cleveland, 28 June 2022 As the prow of a five-film Disney blockbuster franchise, he will never be cast out of the citadel of extreme fame and wealth. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The Haida, whose land encompassed cedar forests, probably shaped it and decorated the prow and stern with designs of an eagle and killer whale. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Getler hadn’t known what to make of those horizontal lines that converged upward into a prow. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Nose out over mask, like the prow of a sailing ship? Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) \

Kids Definition of prow

: the bow of a ship

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