Definition of prose in English:


Line breaks: prose
Pronunciation: /prəʊz


[mass noun]
  • 1Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure: a short story in prose [as modifier]: a prose passage
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    • He points to the clear, simple prose of Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett as examples of brilliant writing that is not bewildering for its complexity.
    • So I think people who are trying to help students genuinely write better English prose are doing a noble service.
    • To say that a man cannot write clear prose is not necessarily to blame him.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A passage of prose for translation into a foreign language.
  • 1.2Plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression: closely typed in best office prose
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    • This morning I read it, and it is a lump of leaden prose, ungainly and unattractive, like a plain fat spotty teenager at her prom, dressed like a Christmas cake.


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  • 1 [no object] Talk tediously: he was still prosing away about the advantages of a warm climate
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    • He was prosing on again about rigging candidate selection, to the benefit of women and ethnic minorities.
    • One lesson prosed that the apostle Paul survived the ship wreck at Malta because he had ‘eaten carrots and was strong.’
    • ‘We were merely prosing about old times.’
  • 2 [with object] dated Compose in or convert into prose.





Middle English: via Old French from Latin prosa (oratio) 'straightforward (discourse'), feminine of prosus, earlier prorsus 'direct'.

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