Meaning of prow in English:


Pronunciation /praʊ/

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  • 1The pointed front part of a ship; the bow.

    ‘The menu says the property dates back to the 15th century and once belonged to a sea captain, hence the prow from a ship that surmounts the entrance door.’
    • ‘At night, as you dine by oil lamp on kingfish, pilau rice and tropical fruits, the fishing boats set forth once more like Viking ships, their prows cutting through the waves and paddles fighting with the swell.’
    • ‘A graceful and brightly painted barge with a swan's head carved on its prow sped across Lake Tallian towards Tellui the next morning.’
    • ‘Each boat is over l00 ft long, with arched snake-like prows, vividly decorated; crews of over 100 men row in perfect unison to age-old chants, cheered on by delirious crowds, all part of an unforgettable drama.’
    • ‘Finally a sacred symbol is painted on the prow; a common one is eyes that search unceasingly for prey.’
    • ‘The sails were red silk, the prows were adorned with carved animal heads and painted dragon eyes.’
    bow, bows, stem, fore, forepart, front, head, nose, cutwater
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    1. 1.1The pointed or projecting front part of something such as a car or building.
      ‘the commanding prow of the Jaguar’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its wide, gently chiseled shape features wheel arches that ride low and snugly over the tires. The massive prow politely but firmly clears the way.’
      • ‘A giant art installation was launched today on the prow of BBC Broadcasting House, London.’


Mid 16th century from Old French proue, from Provençal proa, probably via Latin from Greek prōira, from a base represented by Latin pro ‘in front’.