Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nautical The forward part of a ship's hull; the bow.
  • noun A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Profit; advantage; benefit.
  • noun The fore part of a ship; the bow; the beak.
  • noun In zoôl., a prora.
  • Valiant.
  • noun An obsolete form of proa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.
  • noun See proa.
  • adjective Archaic Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous.
  • noun obsolete Benefit; profit; good; advantage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun front part of a vessel or aircraft

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French proue, from Old French, from Italian dialectal prua, from Vulgar Latin *prōda, alteration of Latin prōra, from Greek prōira; see per in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French prou, from Late Latin prode; more at proud.

Examples

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  • There is a memory stays upon old ships,

    A weightless cargo in the musty hold, --

    Of bright lagoons and prow-caressing lips,

    Of stormy midnights, -- and a tale untold.

    They have remembered islands in the dawn,

    And windy capes that tried their slender spars,

    And tortuous channels where their keels have gone,

    And calm blue nights of stillness and the stars.

    - David Morton, 'Old Ships'.

    October 4, 2008

  • Jeju has endless coffeeshops whose logos are clearly ripped off from the Starbucks logo, but whose names are totally unrelated...except for Prowbucks.

    May 13, 2009

  • Do their mermaids have nipples?

    May 13, 2009

  • "Sarayu was sitting in the prow, lokking at him." The Shack by WM Paul

    October 1, 2010