Definition of prairie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprerē/


1A large open area of grassland, especially in the Mississippi River valley.
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.
2 (Prairie) [often as modifier] A steam locomotive of 2-6-2 wheel arrangement.


Late 18th century: from French, from Old French praerie, from Latin pratum 'meadow'.

  • This is an adoption of a French word, formed from Latin pratum ‘meadow’.

Words that rhyme with prairie

airy, Azeri, canary, carabinieri, Carey, Cary, chary, clary, contrary, dairy, Dari, faerie, glairy, glary, Guarneri, hairy, lairy, miserere, nary, Nyerere, Salieri, scary, Tipperary, vary, wary

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Syllabification: prai·rie

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