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Definition of "prose" []

  • Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure. (noun)
  • Commonplace expression or quality. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel. (noun)
  • To write prose. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prose" in a sentence
  • "For practical convenience three main sorts of rhythmic prose may be distinguished: (1) _characteristic prose_, or that in which no regularity (coincidence) is easily appreciable; (2) _cadenced prose_, or that in which the regularity is perceptible, but unobtrusive, and (3) _metrical prose_, or that in which the regularity is so noticeable as to be unpleasing."
  • "Yasmin's (Anika Noni Rose) crime report to the police officer, in prose, is almost placid yet intense."
  • "The primary issue in prose is motive: You have to understand why the people do what they do, or else the whole shebang falls apart as illusion."