\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) \

Definition of prow

 (Entry 1 of 2)



\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) , archaic ˈprō \

Definition of prow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the bow of a ship : stem
2 : a pointed projecting front part

Examples of prow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An Austal rendering shows a vessel with a seagoing prow that hinges upward, allowing a ramp to extend forward into shallow water. al, 2 Aug. 2021 Designed to look like a ship, the house has an enormous prow-like architectural protrusion over the entryway. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Its ornate pedestal, in the form of a ship’s prow, contains a colorful diorama of the view voyagers to New York would enjoy once the statue was installed. New York Times, 19 June 2021 This June brings new books that are sweeter than drinking a cocktail on the prow of a speedboat under a cloudless sky. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 4 June 2021 Long thought to have been the prow of the Tyger, it is now ascribed to a somewhat later era. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 From prow to stern, the baby boat measures in at just 30 microns, which is about one-third of the thickness of a strand of human hair. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2020 That move brings up the view from the forward-looking camera, showing the scene immediately ahead of the S.S. Yukon's towering prow. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 24 Sep. 2020 Half his performance is in his bearing, chin jutted forward like the prow of a swollen yacht. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of prow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prow


Middle English, from Anglo-French pru, prou — more at proud


Middle French proue, probably from Old Italian dialect prua, from Latin prora, from Greek prōira

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“Prow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prow

: the front of a ship


\ ˈprau̇ How to pronounce prow (audio) \

Kids Definition of prow

: the bow of a ship

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