prow·​ess | \ ˈprau̇-əs also ˈprō- How to pronounce prowess (audio) \

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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Price’s fundraising prowess attracted the attention of Aequitas, which was chronically short on cash., "SEC: Gig Harbor investment advisor secretly in cahoots with Aequitas banned from investment business," 26 July 2019 Since its founding in 1987 by a former engineer with the People’s Liberation Army, Huawei has grown from a humble phone switch maker into an icon of China’s technological prowess — the world’s largest telecom equipment manufacturer. Washington Post, "Leaked documents reveal Huawei’s secret operations to build North Korea’s wireless network," 22 July 2019 Two trends – Chicago's goal-scoring prowess and FC Cincinnati's habit of conceding goals – are at odds and would appear to make FC Cincinnati's Saturday match against Chicago at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, a very tricky one. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati looks to douse Chicago Fire's goalscoring threats," 11 July 2019 Parscale says none of the Democrats who are competing for the right to challenge Trump in 2020 can match the president's fundraising prowess or the level of enthusiasm for him., "Trump campaign announces $105M raised during 2nd quarter," 2 July 2019 Remarkably, the drinking didn’t interfere with his pitching prowess. Glenn Forbes Bunting,, "Balls, strikes and beers: a father-son umpiring crew saw 4 gritty stars rise in Detroit sandlots," 10 July 2019 His experience playing in midfield has equipped Justin with significant technical prowess, with the youngster being an accomplished and composed passer of the ball., "James Justin: 5 Things You Need to Know About Leicester's Prospective New Signing," 28 June 2019 About 20 computer geeks with sales prowess filed into the nondescript U.K. office, giggling among themselves. Halley Bondy, NBC News, ""I just had to suppress everything": What it's like to be transgender in a male-dominated field," 21 June 2019 Powell deftly combines comic timing with musical prowess in his featured number, while Halen has a particularly lovely way of moving across the stage. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce prowess (audio) \

Kids Definition of prowess

1 : great bravery especially in battle
2 : very great ability athletic prowess

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