Meaning of prawn in English:



  • A marine crustacean which resembles a large shrimp.

    Leander and other genera, class Malacostraca. See also and Dublin Bay prawn and , and king prawn

    • ‘These included king crab, Phuket lobster, oysters, river prawns and yabbies.’
    • ‘I get confused between giant prawns, crayfish and langoustine, but these were gigantic.’
    • ‘I was drawn to the king prawn trilussa - prawns in a white wine and rosemary sauce served on a large bed of rice.’
    • ‘Take a torch with you, because within the crevices you'll find loads of prawns, shrimps and the odd lobster.’
    • ‘Over the years we have bought lobsters, prawns, crabs and scallops on the shore outside the house, direct from the boats that landed them.’


Late Middle English of unknown origin.