- 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
Related Words for prowessesdexterity, talent, readiness, mastery, accomplishment, genius, excellence, aptitude, expertise, grit, heroism, courage, valor, boldness, mettle, expertness, adeptness, adroitness, facility, sleight
Examples from the Web for prowesses
Historical Examples of prowesses
The sagas have sung the prowesses of Olaf; he is brave among the bravest.
He dilated upon his own prowesses, caressed his moustache, and threw side glances at Joan.The Executioner's Knife
- outstanding or superior skill or ability
- bravery or fearlessness, esp in battle
Word Origin 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].