- a reward for victory or superiority, as in a contest or competition.
- something that is won in a lottery or the like.
- anything striven for, worth striving for, or much valued.
- something seized or captured, especially an enemy's ship and cargo captured at sea in wartime.
- the act of taking or capturing, especially a ship at sea.
- Archaic. a contest or match.
- having won a prize: a prize bull; a prize play.
- worthy of a prize.
- given or awarded as a prize.
Origin of prize1
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- to value or esteem highly.
- to estimate the worth or value of.
Origin of prize2
- a lever.
Origin of prize3
Examples from the Web for prize
So I remember when Altman won the prize, he went up and said some version of, “Too little, too late.”Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
The prize will not be replaced if lost, mutilated, or stolen.
While the winners will take home the prize money and title, the eliminated contestants can hardly be considered losers.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
November 22, 2014
And The Prize Is Death, a cartoon by Albert Levering, attacks an epidemic of reckless driving.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
Every other year Adam Shankman was doing a Step Up movie and we could give them a role in that as a prize.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
The prize was bestowed on him who ran the course without extinguishing his torch.
I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
I have been deeply puzzled and much perturbed over this prize contest.Her Father's Daughter
Tibbets and Wilson had gone with their old prize, and anything but a prize did she prove to me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- a reward or honour for victory or for having won a contest, competition, etc
- (as modifier)prize jockey; prize essay
- something given to the winner of any game of chance, lottery, etc
- something striven for
- any valuable property captured in time of war, esp a vessel
- (tr) to esteem greatly; value highly
- a variant spelling of prise
Word Origin and History for prize
"reward," prise (c.1300 in this sense), from Old French pris "price, value, worth; reward" (see price (n.)). As an adjective, "worthy of a prize," from 1803. The spelling with -z- is from late 16c. Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1730 (prize-fighter from 1785).
"something taken by force," mid-13c., prise "a taking, holding," from Old French prise "a taking, seizing, holding," noun use of fem. past participle of prendre "to take, seize," from Latin prendere, contraction of prehendere "lay hold of, grasp, seize, catch" (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1510s). The spelling with -z- is from late 16c.
"to estimate," 1580s, alteration of Middle English prisen "to prize, value" (late 14c.), from stem of Old French preisier "to praise" (see praise (v.)). Related: Prized; prizing.