prow·ess | \ˈprau̇-əs also ˈprō- \

Definition of prowess 

1 : distinguished bravery especially : military valor and skill

2 : extraordinary ability his prowess on the football field

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Examples of prowess in a Sentence

He is known for his prowess on the football field. their naval and military prowess

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Belgium had been thwacked by Italy and Turkey in the group stage of that 2000 tournament in a resounding message about the country’s prowess. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Professor Who Helped Make Belgian Soccer a World Power," 9 July 2018 The Brazilian company has overtaken Bombardier as the largest manufacturer of regional jets while burnishing its reputation for engineering prowess. Fortune, "Boeing and Embraer Are Forming a $4.75 Billion Commercial Jet Venture," 5 July 2018 In addition to the coveted trophy, Karthik's spelling prowess earned him more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. CBS News, "These are the most commonly misspelled words of 2018," 1 June 2018 His offensive prowess has helped the Rising to 34 goals this year, third in the USL, just two off the league lead. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 The youth-unemployment rate in Germany is much lower than in other European countries; its manufacturing prowess is widely envied. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 But by focusing on his market prowess almost exclusively, Pusha avoids the weight of his past and present exploitative behavior. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Yet Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor Mr. Trump mentioned, is cashing in on his lobbying prowess to ease the project through Berlin as chairman of the Nord Stream 2 consortium and chairman of Russian energy giant Rosneft. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump and the Russia Pipeline," 11 July 2018 Both expert hunters, the American kestrel uses its acrobatic prowess, while the eastern screech owl is a stealthy silent hunter. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Nature programs at Patuxent Research in full swing [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of prowess

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prowess

Middle English prouesse, from Anglo-French pruesse, prowesse, from prou

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English Language Learners Definition of prowess

: great ability or skill


prow·ess | \ˈprau̇-əs \

Kids Definition of prowess

1 : great bravery especially in battle

2 : very great ability athletic prowess

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