[ prou-is ]
/ ˈpraʊ ɪs /


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

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French proesse, proece goodness, bravery, equivalent to prou prow2 + -esse < Latin -itia -ice

Related forms

prow·essed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prowess


/ (ˈpraʊɪs) /


outstanding or superior skill or ability
bravery or fearlessness, esp in battle

Word Origin for prowess

C13: from Old French proesce, from prou good; see proud
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