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



BrE BrE//ˈpraʊəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraʊəs//
[uncountable] (formal)
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great skill at doing something academic/sporting prowess He was complimented on his prowess as an oarsman. Word OriginMiddle English (originally referring to bravery in battle): from Old French proesce, from prou ‘valiant’. The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.Extra examples He proved his athletic prowess with two convincing wins. His academic performance does not match his athletic prowess. Singh demonstrated his prowess with the bat last season. The Gurkhas are famed for their prowess in battle. Their striker demonstrated all his prowess with the boot. a parade aimed at demonstrating the country’s military prowess her prowess at tennis academic/​athletic/​sporting prowess
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