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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The list does not include event planners or other party professionals, only individuals known for their party prowess. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 Serena Williams is known first and foremost for her prowess on the tennis court, but her eye for fashion and history of wearing standout lewks to defend her many titles comes in a close second. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Serena Williams Just Teased Her Epic U.S. Open Outfits Designed by Nike and Off-White," 13 Aug. 2018 One such individual that was certainly smiled upon for his natural physical prowess was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - one of the fastest players in the Premier League, and he's proven his worth by breaking a club record in his first day back., "VIDEO: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Breaks Arsenal Club Record on First Day of Pre-Season," 4 July 2018 And tournaments are held to recognize fishermen for their catching prowess. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018 Bob Probert Left wing | Years played in Detroit: 1985-1994 | Career Detroit stats: 474 games, 114 goals, 145 assists, 259 points, 2,090 penalty minutes The buzz: Known for his fighting prowess, is the franchise leader in penalty minutes... Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Greatest Detroit Red Wings player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT," 11 June 2018 The Rockets, not known for their defensive prowess, held Golden State under 95 points in Games 4 and 5. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Mike D’Antoni winning the coaching battle against Steve Kerr?," 25 May 2018 Goldman Sachs, once known for its trading prowess on Wall Street, has seen revenues from the buying and selling of stocks and bonds decline in recent years, a change in fortune that has led the investment bank to seek out new income streams. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein to step aside in December, report claims," 18 May 2018 Battles credits his parents’ influence — and genes — for his athletic prowess. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Battle-tested: Three-sport star lifts Madison to rare heights," 17 May 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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The first known use of prowess was in the 13th century

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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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