Definition of prawn in English:


Syllabification: prawn
Pronunciation: /prôn


  • A marine crustacean that resembles a large shrimp.
    • Leander and other genera, class Malacostraca
    More example sentences
    • These included king crab, Phuket lobster, oysters, river prawns and yabbies.
    • I get confused between giant prawns, crayfish and langoustine, but these were gigantic.
    • I was drawn to the king prawn trilussa - prawns in a white wine and rosemary sauce served on a large bed of rice.


late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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