Definition of prawn in English:

prawn

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Late Middle English of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

prawn

/prɔːn/