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prowess Line breaks: prow|ess
Pronunciation: /ˈpraʊɪs/

Definition of prowess in English:


[mass noun]
1Skill or expertise in a particular activity or field: his prowess as a fisherman her culinary prowess
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  • And his fame has nothing whatsoever to do with his prowess on the football field or in the political arena.
  • Padraic will also be remembered for his prowess on the football field.
  • Fathers looked proudly upon children who showed prowess in these extracurricular activities.
2Bravery in battle: the hereditary nobility had no monopoly of skill and prowess in war
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  • Though Ilantar had little love for the Isaad and their sinister lord, he respected their prowess in battle.
  • Pompeii split up much of the land giving large chunks to his soldiers as a reward for their prowess in battle.
  • Zaren on the other hand was not a demigod, and Tsuko had not foreseen his great battle prowess.


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French proesce, from prou 'valiant'. Sense 1 dates from the early 20th century.

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