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

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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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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“Prowess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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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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