Definition of prairie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpreəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreri//
[countable, uncountable] Other geographic regions
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a flat wide area of land in N America and Canada, without many trees and originally covered with grass See related entries: Other geographic regions Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, from Old French praerie, from Latin pratum ‘meadow’.Extra examples His charges spread like a prairie fire. Only about 5% of native prairie is left in Kansas. a train of covered wagons crossing the wide American prairies settlers’ houses on the prairies of Canada their route across the prairie The North American prairie was once the world’s largest grassland.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prairie