Definition of prize adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//praɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1(especially of an animal, a flower or a vegetable) good enough to win a prize in a competition prize cattle
  2. 2being a very good example of its kind a prize student He's a prize specimen of the human race! (informal) She's a prize idiot (= very silly).
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: the noun, a variant of price; the verb (originally in the sense ‘estimate the value of’) from Old French pris-, stem of preisier ‘to praise, appraise’, from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium ‘price’.
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