[ prohz ]
/ proʊz /
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the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.
matter-of-fact, commonplace, or dull expression, quality, discourse, etc.
Liturgy. a hymn sung after the gradual, originating from a practice of setting words to the jubilatio of the alleluia.
of, in, or pertaining to prose.
commonplace; dull; prosaic.
verb (used with object), prosed, pros·ing.
to turn into or express in prose.
verb (used without object), prosed, pros·ing.
to write or talk in a dull, matter-of-fact manner.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM proseproselike, adjective
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How to use prose in a sentence
The Proses contain the main arguments; the Metres serve for embellishment and recreation.Chaucer's Works, Volume 2 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for prose
/ (prəʊz) /
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
to write or say (something) in prose
(intr) to speak or write in a tedious style
Derived forms of proseproselike, 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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