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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Some games that take a little more graphical prowess, like Destiny 2 and Rainbow Six: Siege also run at ultra settings but hover around 100 fps. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Strix Scar II review: lights, camo, action," 17 July 2018 And on an upper floor is a marvel of technological prowess: an area where big, rectangular storage units seem to move by themselves in some futuristic dance. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Under pressure, afraid to take bathroom breaks? Inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world," 2 July 2018 Consider a typical indicator of national prowess: military strength. Ali Wyne, The New Republic, "Is America Choosing Decline?," 21 June 2018 This fear of falling probably reflected political pressure from the outgoing government, which saw a strong rupee as a sign of economic prowess. The Economist, "Pakistan faces a currency crisis. Who will help?," 14 June 2018 Even then, some scouts doubt Moniak has the defensive prowess to stay in center field. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak remains confident despite struggles," 26 Apr. 2018 While pundits on Twitter root around for and both are women who’ve decided to dedicate their considerable skills and political prowess to the creation of better opportunities for more people. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 Still, her musicianship and vocal prowess are on full display throughout. Nick Williams, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born," 30 Oct. 2018 The numbers do seem to show that McSally might be the only one who can keep up with Sinema’s fundraising prowess. Li Zhou, Vox, "“McCain in a skirt”: Republicans are looking to the establishment to save a Senate seat in Arizona," 28 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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