Definition of Prix de Rome in English:

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Prix de Rome

Pronunciation: /ˌpriː də ˈrəʊm/
/pʀi də ʀɔm/

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A prize awarded annually by the French government in a competition for artists, sculptors, architects, and musicians.
Example sentences
  • He received a Prix de Rome in 1948 and while in Italy (where he became friends with Philip Guston), he developed an abstract vocabulary.
  • Born in Budapest, he won a Prix de Rome in painting at age 15 and spent a year studying in Italy before learning engraving in Paris.
  • During his career, he won a Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie.


French, literally 'prize of Rome', because the winner of the first prize in each category was funded for a period of study in Rome.

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