- exceptional valor, bravery, or ability, especially in combat or battle.
- exceptional or superior ability, skill, or strength: his prowess as a public speaker.
- a valiant or daring deed.
Origin of prowess
Examples from the Web for prowess
As narcocorridos extolled his prowess, he built his business empire.Will El Chapo Rule From Prison?
John P. Sullivan
February 24, 2014
From the day he entered the league, Rodriguez was distinguished by his otherworldly power and prowess.Alex Rodriguez Suspension Is a Sad Moment for Baseball
Michael Brendan Dougherty
August 5, 2013
But he also showed an inordinate interest in shooting and his prowess, going to the range at night when he could not sleep.The Unwarranted Mythology of Oscar Pistorius
February 15, 2013
Over and over, people have spoken about President Obama's prowess as a communicator.Obama Should Have Spent More Time in Court, Ctd.
October 5, 2012
He added, “Behind the word was an unspoken pact: they gave one another credit for prowess.”Cry Macho: Arnold's Canceled Film
May 26, 2011
But speedily now shall I prove him the prowess and pride of the Geats, shall bid him battle.Beowulf
He leered at her as though expecting her to flame at his prowess.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
So that at this date they regarded their prowess as invincible.Hellenica
The prowess of women has often been conspicuous in besieged cities.
I will tell you of my prowess and exploits, and what I can perform.The Indian Fairy Book
- outstanding or superior skill or ability
- bravery or fearlessness, esp in battle
Word Origin and History for prowess
late 13c., prouesse, from Old French proece "prowess, courage, brave deed" (Modern French prouesse), from prou, later variant of prud "brave, valiant," from Vulgar Latin *prodem (cf. Spanish proeza, Italian prodezza; see proud). Prow was in Middle English as a noun meaning "advantage, profit," also as a related adjective ("valiant, brave"), but it has become obsolete. "In 15-17th c. often a monosyllable" [OED].