Nearby words

  1. proscenium,
  2. prosciutto,
  3. proscribe,
  4. proscription,
  5. proscriptive,
  6. prose edda,
  7. prose poem,
  8. prosecco,
  9. prosecretin,
  10. prosect

Origin of prose

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōsa (ōrātiō) literally, straightforward (speech), feminine of prōsus, for prōrsus, contraction of prōversus, past participle of prōvertere to turn forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vertere to turn

Related formsprose·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prosed



spoken or written language as in ordinary usage, distinguished from poetry by its lack of a marked metrical structure
a passage set for translation into a foreign language
commonplace or dull discourse, expression, etc
RC Church a hymn recited or sung after the gradual at Mass
(modifier) written in prose
(modifier) matter-of-fact


to write or say (something) in prose
(intr) to speak or write in a tedious style
Derived Formsproselike, adjective

Word Origin for prose

C14: via Old French from Latin phrase prōsa ōrātiō straightforward speech, from prorsus prosaic, from prōvertere to turn forwards, from pro- 1 + vertere to turn

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Word Origin and History for prosed


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