- 1A large open area of grassland, especially in North America.More 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.
late 18th century: from French, from Old French praerie, from Latin pratum 'meadow'.