prow·​ess | \ ˈprau̇-əs How to pronounce prowess (audio) 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
Recent Examples on the Web Though not renowned for their deep-shooting prowess, the Spurs are tied for fourth in the league in 3-point percentage, at 37.4. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz will sit four starters Friday as they open the second half of seeding game schedule," 6 Aug. 2020 As his father before him, CQ displayed prowess as an athlete. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio native becomes the first African American to lead the Air Force," 6 Aug. 2020 Lee, who now runs Sinovation Ventures, an investment firm focused on artificial intelligence, is a prominent voice on China’s tech scene and the author of AI Superpowers, a recent book about the country’s rising prowess in AI. Will Knight, Wired, "Microsoft's Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok," 6 Aug. 2020 Hailed for his fundraising prowess, Brettell emerged as the driving force behind a trifecta of accomplishments that helped UTD — known primarily as a science and technology haven — heighten its profile in the arts. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Rick Brettell, a critic, museum director and UTD rainmaker extraordinaire, dies at 71," 25 July 2020 The researchers explain how dogs have been bred for their navigational prowess and used during wartime for their ability to find their way home. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Compass Confirms Dogs Are Good," 17 July 2020 But right now, the PX40/40 is for helping develop slugging prowess. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Gone By: Jose Canseco not a fan of MLB’s attempt to start the season," 6 July 2020 The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is heralded for his on-court prowess in the conversation for the greatest player of all time alongside Michael Jordan. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "A decade later, 'The Decision' hardly represents LeBron James' true legacy," 28 June 2020 But in every myth, the Amazons were portrayed as the heroes’ match in valor and prowess. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020

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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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12 Aug 2020

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“Prowess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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