Definition of prow in English:


Syllabification: prow
Pronunciation: /prou


  • 1The portion of a ship’s bow above water.
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    • The ship's prow swung ponderously away from the Aurora Borealis, and her main thrusters fired to accelerate her away from the liner.
    • He could see tiny silhouettes scurrying across the ship's prow as it prepared to land, shadows against the sun.
    • They readied the ship on the waves under the cliffs and the warriors stood at the prow as the water wound against the sand.
    bow(s), stem, front, nose, head, cutwater
  • 1.1The pointed or projecting front part of something such as a car or building.
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    • Signal is the first of four large-scale art installations which will cover the prow of the building between now and February 2004.
    • But the world still comes to visit Foster where he sits, at the downstream end, the angled prow, of the studio.
    • Exterior styling for the Accord appears sleek, but angular and edgy with a squared-off prow and classy beveled grille.


mid 16th century: from Old French proue, from Provençal proa, probably via Latin from Greek prōira, from a base meaning 'in front'.

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