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From Middle English prowesse, prouwesse, prouesce, from Old French proeche, proesce, proeësche (goodness; excellence; bravery), from Old French prou, preu, prouz, pruz, proz (good; excellent; brave). Compare English proud.



prowess (countable and uncountable, plural prowesses)

  1. Skillfulness and manual ability; adroitness or dexterity.
    • 2017 November 10, Daniel Taylor, “Youthful England earn draw with Germany but Lingard rues late miss”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      There is such a sense of inferiority sometimes when it comes to facing Germany, with all their World Cups, their penalty prowess and easy sophistication, it might come as a surprise to learn that, in head-to-head encounters, England actually match their opponents.
  2. Distinguished bravery or courage, especially in battle; heroism


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