[ prohn ]
/ proʊn /


a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.

Nearby words

  1. pronasion,
  2. pronatalism,
  3. pronate,
  4. pronation,
  5. pronator,
  6. prone float,
  7. prone pressure method,
  8. pronely,
  9. pronephros,
  10. prong

Origin of prone

First recorded in 1660–70, prone is from the French word prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prones


/ (prəʊn) /


lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
sloping or tending downwards
having an inclination to do something
Derived Formspronely, adverbproneness, noun

Word Origin for prone

C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro- 1

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Word Origin and History for prones



c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.

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Medicine definitions for prones


[ prōn ]


Lying with the front or face downward.
Having a tendency; inclined.


In a prone manner.

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