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[prou] /praʊ/
noun
1.
the forepart of a ship or boat; bow.
2.
the front end of an airship.
3.
Literary. a ship.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Middle French proue < Upper Italian (Genoese) prua < Latin prōra < Greek prôira
Related forms
prowed, adjective

prow2

[prou] /praʊ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French prou < Vulgar Latin *prōdis. See proud
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Examples for prow
  • Its rigid, narrow prow is designed for maximum thrills-per-minute.
  • Use a prow shape between the ocean and the building, and remember the debris and backflow.
  • Nearly ten feet of the yacht's stern was cut off by the sharp prow of the steamboat.
  • The bowsprit is a pole that stretches out over the sea from the prow of the ship.
  • It was a white ship with a high prow that threw a wide shadow.
  • It is partially sheathed on the sides and has a deep overhang reminiscent of the rakish prow of a ship.
  • The pulpit seen in that movie is unmistakably the prow of a ship.
British Dictionary definitions for prow

prow

/praʊ/
noun
1.
the bow of a vessel
Word Origin
C16: from Old French proue, from Latin prora, from Greek prōra; related to Latin pro in front
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Word Origin and History for prow
prow
1555, from M.Fr. proue, from It. (Genoese) prua, from V.L. *proda, by dissimilation from L. prora "prow," from Gk. proira, related to pro "before, forward," proi "early in the morning."
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