Definition of Prose

1. Noun. Ordinary writing as distinguished from verse.




2. Noun. Matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression.
Generic synonyms: Expressive Style, Style
Derivative terms: Prosaic, Prosaic, Prosaic

Definition of Prose

1. n. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.

2. a. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.

3. v. t. To write in prose.

4. v. i. To write prose.

Definition of Prose

1. Noun. Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry. ¹

2. Verb. to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prose

1. to write prose (writing without metrical structure) [v PROSED, PROSING, PROSES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Prose

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prose (current term)
prose poem
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Literary usage of Prose

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will by William Shakespeare, Henry Norman Hudson (1911)
"In the development of the English drama the use of prose as a vehicle of expression entitled to equal rights with verse was due to Lyly. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"He was a prolific dramatist, and his critical writings have made an epoch in the history of English prose, in the course of his life he changed his politics ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"To read Milton's prose is to find frequent cause for wonder how the poet who ... In Milton's prose we find, it has been said, the poet in the politician. ..."

4. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association, Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter (1900)
"THE prose WRITERS OF CANADA. BY DR. SE DAWSON, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Canada. TT is not possible, in the compass of one paper, to give an adequate account ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"But if poetry falls behind music in rythmic scope, thoughts, and here, as we have seen, it enters into direct competition with the art of prose. ..."

6. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1908)
"THE work of popularising prose was a slow and humble process. In the 'century of the commons' literature was consistently homely. Works of utility—books of ..."

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