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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The superstar joined the panel of coaches on The Voice this year and proved her prowess as a mentor when two of her team members, Brynn Cartelli from season 14 and Chevel Shepherd from season 15, both took home the grand prize. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Why Kelly Clarkson Would Be 'Afraid' to Let Her Kids Compete on a Reality TV Show," 30 Dec. 2018 Zemeckis uses his technical prowess to take a movie audience into the doll-village, now named Marwen. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 Here, the pressure from Congress is likely to push in the opposite direction from the company's protesting employees, with members of Congress encouraging Google to apply its technical prowess to strengthen the US military. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week," 28 Nov. 2018 The presence of Meyer should silence any doubts about the negotiating prowess surrounding Clark. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "MLBPA Boosts Ranks With Hire of Bruce Meyer," 27 Aug. 2018 For a president who has boasted often about his prowess as a deregulator — and a conservative movement that has resisted federal intervention into the free market — such a new mandate would represent a significant ideological break with the past. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump pleases insurers, angers Democrats with drug-pricing plan," 11 May 2018 Amazon likes to boast about its prowess in job creation, and the company's workforce has exploded in recent years. Shira Ovide,, "Amazon is defined by billions, but its workers' median pay is $28,446," 19 Apr. 2018 The stories about Gawker’s investigative prowess were probably more marketing than anything else. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Ryan Holiday on Gawker: “These Are Nasty People”," 5 Mar. 2018 In foreign affairs thus far, President Trump’s deconstructive prowess has been much in evidence. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Step 1: Smash the World Order. Step 2?," 7 Aug. 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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