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Syllabification: prai·rie
Pronunciation: /ˈprerē

Definition of prairie in English:


1A large open area of grassland, especially in the Mississippi River valley.
Example sentences
  • With these they are able to dramatise plains, prairies, steppes and meadows.
  • In 1708, the area around their towns consisted of open oak woodlands, savannas, and prairies.
  • Limestone prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is seriously threatened.
2 (Prairie) [often as modifier] A steam locomotive of 2-6-2 wheel arrangement.


late 18th century: from French, from Old French praerie, from Latin pratum 'meadow'.

  • This is an adoption of a French word, formed from Latin pratum ‘meadow’.

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