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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Liverpool, last year’s runner-up, has the swashbuckling combination of attacking prowess and physical power to rattle anyone in Europe—which is exactly the recipe behind the Premier League’s dominance in the mid-2000s. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A New-Look Real Madrid Shoots for Four Champions League Titles in a Row," 18 Sep. 2018 Gill, one of the most likable powerhouses in country music, is known for his guitar prowess -- the guy can really play -- and his pure tenor voice. Mary Colurso,, "Is it really the Eagles without Glenn Frey? Yes, but ...," 20 Apr. 2018 McAllen is the first girls soccer team to make the state tournament from the Rio Grande Valley, which is more known for its boys soccer prowess. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "No all-Houston 6A state final: Memorial posts shutout of McAllen; Cinco Ranch falls in shootout," 20 Apr. 2018 Cashmere goats are bred in various locations around the world, including Australia, China, and Mongolia, but Scotland and Italy are known for cashmere-manufacturing prowess. Kim Bhasin,, "Why a Cashmere Sweater Can Cost $2,000 … or $30," 19 Apr. 2018 Angela was praised all around for her seafood prowess. Rasputin Todd,, "Who was voted off 'Survivor' this week? (April 18) Did Mason's Angela Perkins advance?," 18 Apr. 2018 The degradation of America’s export prowess has continued steadily. Rich Danker, WSJ, "How China Exploits Anti-Soviet Money Policy," 21 Jan. 2019 His lack of athletic prowess as a child and teenager led to teasing from his peers. Steve Sadin,, "Mass start: Schiller Park priest set to compete in 100th triathlon," 11 July 2018 Coming back from shoulder surgery, outfielder Michael Conforto has shown only glimpses of his old hitting prowess. James Wagner, New York Times, "Todd Frazier Heads for Second Stint on the Disabled List," 9 July 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 with exaggerated bouncy motions

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