\ 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

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Its prow and stern were decorated with a ram’s head, sacred to the god. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 Indeed, the Cité has often been likened to a ship, its bridges resembling gangways linking it to the Seine’s banks, its sharp western tip a prow pointing downstream towards the sea. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Its base resembles the prow of a ship and is adorned with a sculpture by Galician artist Manolo Coia. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Hiking Spain’s luminous Lighthouse Way," 7 June 2019 When working on jams, riverjacks always have nearby a bateau—a double-prow, flat-bottom boat 32 feet long, six feet wide, manned by two men with oars and two others with long poles. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 There’s even a sort of font near the apse/prow of the gallery: a circular pool of clear oil in which hundreds of tiny steel bearings are gently nudged into geometries by a magnet circling beneath the surface. Steve Mannheimer, Indianapolis Star, "New art installation at Herron Gallery uses VHS tape to make your eyes buzz," 22 Mar. 2018 The prow of each ship is, of course, shaped like the head of a dragon. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Registration open for YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge," 23 June 2018 In the first movie, the villain Syndrome’s lair is pretty much a copy of the Charles Deaton Sculptured House, the vast elliptical prow on Genesee Mountain. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Incredibles 2 Addresses the State of the Union," 19 June 2018 On May 30, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the speed record for an ascent of El Capitan’s Nose route, scaling the rock’s forbidding prow in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds. Carlos Lozano,, "Investigation continues into death of two climbers who fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park," 3 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of prow

: the front of a ship


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Kids Definition of prow

: the bow of a ship

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